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7 Jaw-Dropping Hummingbird Facts

Hovering MastersHummingbirds can hover in mid-air by flapping their wings up to 80 times per second. This rapid wing movement allows them to stay still while sipping nectar from flowers, making them the only birds capable of such precision.

Tiny Hearts, Big BeatsA hummingbird's heart beats up to 1,260 times per minute, the fastest of any bird. This rapid heartbeat supports their high metabolism, necessary for their energetic flying and constant need for fuel.

Remarkable MemoryHummingbirds have an exceptional memory, allowing them to remember every flower they've visited. They can recall which flowers still contain nectar and even the time of day they last fed from them.

Long-Distance TravelersDespite their small size, some hummingbirds migrate over 2,000 miles each year. The Ruby-throated Hummingbird, for example, travels from North America to Central America, often flying non-stop over the Gulf of Mexico.

Feathered JewelsTheir iridescent feathers make hummingbirds look like flying gems. The microscopic structure of their feathers refracts light, creating shimmering colors that change with the viewing angle, dazzling anyone who catches a glimpse.

Energy EfficientHummingbirds can enter a state of torpor, a deep sleep-like condition, to conserve energy. During cold nights or when food is scarce, their metabolism slows dramatically, reducing their energy needs until they can feed again.

Nature's SpeedstersHummingbirds are among the fastest birds relative to their size. They can reach speeds of up to 60 miles per hour during courtship dives, showcasing their agility and speed in impressive aerial displays.

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