Hummingbirds may be nesting in your backyard or you may have neighbors that have routine visits by these tiny birds. They’re fun to watch and to find out about.
Hummingbirds are birds which come from the family of Trochillidae. They are thought of as among the smallest species of birds in the world. They flap their wings so fast you can barely tell they are moving. A special feature is their ability to fly backward, and apparently they are the only birds that can do so.
Hummingbirds are known as nectarivores which mean they feed on the sweet liquid, also called nectar, from blossoms. Their similarity between bees is their ability to gauge the amount of sugar within the nectar that they feed upon. Flowers with sweeter nectar, or with higher sugars level, are more preferable to those birds. But nectar cannot provide the proper amount of nutrients so hummingbirds also feed on insects and spiders to acquire protein and other vitamins and minerals.
The hummingbird has a direct, long bill that’s crucial for gathering food. But for some species, they have shorter bills for extracting nectar from flowers which have short corollas while others have curved bills for feeding off curved corollas. Unlike many birds, they drink using their jagged and ridged tongues. Hummingbirds seldom eat massive meals at a time; they can live on a lot of smaller meals during the day. In terms of flying, they don’t do it very often as it consumes too much energy.
Surprisingly, though they have a fast metabolism, hummingbirds have a relatively long life span. At the very delicate period of hatching and fledgling, many of these birds die and do not survive. But those who remain alive continue to exist for up to ten years or more. The normal lifespan though is three to five years one of those in North America. The longest lifespan that was recorded was twelve decades, which was obtained by a female broad-tailed hummingbird.
Many hummingbirds are known to be natives into the Americas. A majority of these birds are found in South and Central America where it is known to have tropical weather, even though other species are able to breed in areas with a moderate climate. Meanwhile, the Rufous hummingbirds is more commonly known and seen throughout western Canada.
A number of events have been prepared for the celebration of hummingbirds. These include the Hummingbird Festival and the Hummingbird Migration Celebration. The festival itself includes a car show, rides for children, food vendors, vendors of arts and crafts, live music and a lot more fun activities.