Sunday, February 20, 2011

Spring is Coming and So are the Hummingbirds-Part 2

Last week I posted some interesting facts I'd found about Hummingbirds.  But the list was quite long, so I broke it up into 2 parts.  As promised, here is Part 2 of the Hummingbird facts.  I hope you enjoy.

13.At rest, a hummingbird takes an average of 250 breaths per minute.
14.The rufous hummingbird has the longest migration of any hummingbird species with a distance of more than 3,000 miles from the bird’s nesting grounds in Alaska and Canada to its winter habitat in Mexico.
15.The ruby-throated hummingbird flies 500 miles nonstop across the Gulf of Mexico during both its spring and fall migrations.
16.Depending on the species, habitat conditions, predators and other factors, the average lifespan of a wild hummingbird is 3-12 years.
17.Hummingbirds have no sense of smell but have very keen eyesight.
18.Hummingbirds do not suck nectar through their long bills, they lick it with fringed, forked tongues.
19.A hummingbird can lick 10-15 times per second while feeding.
20.Hummingbirds digest natural sucrose in 20 minutes with 97 percent efficiency for converting the sugar into energy.
21.Many hummingbird species, including Anna’s, black-chinned, Allen’s, Costa’s, rufous, calliope and broad-tailed hummingbirds, can breed together to create hybrid species, one fact that makes identifying hummingbirds very challenging.
22.The peak fall migration period for hummingbirds is from mid-July through August or early September, depending on the route.
23.Despite their small size, hummingbirds are one of the most aggressive bird species and will regularly attack jays, crows and hawks that infringe on their territory.
24.The bill of the aptly named sword-billed hummingbird, found in the Andes Mountains, can reach up to 4 inches long.
25.Hummingbirds are native species of the New World and are not found outside of the Western Hemisphere.
Again, if it's not already listed, keep an eye out for my Fused Glass Hummingbird Feeder in my Etsy shop: KayzKreationz.  And here's another cute little Hanging Stained Glass Mosaic Birdfeeder/Birdbath that will be listed shortly in my shop.  If you love Texas or Jalapeno Peppers, you'll love this one.  Enjoy.


Nonszalancka said...

Amazing blog!!!;) what do you think about following each other?:D kisses from Poland <3 <3 <3

KayzKreationz said...

Thanks will check out your blog.

Pretty Things said...

That's gorgeous!

My mother-in-law has a lot of hummingbird feeders on her porch -- I'll keep this in mind for mothers day!

KayzKreationz said...

Thanks Pretty Things. That one pictured is actually just a regular birdfeeder/birdbath. I don't have the hummingbird feeder listed yet.

Toyin O. said...

I love learning new things, thanks for sharing the info on hummingbirds:)

Cathryn said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog for the Bead Soup Party! My husband and I feed a variety of birds and always put out a hummingbird feeder for our batch of hummers. They are the most aggressive species--they drive off bumble bees from their feeders as well!

KayzKreationz said...

Cathryn, I've had them buzz me and fly in my face if I let their feeders get empty and don't get them filled up soon enough for them. But I love watching them and having them around.

Jennifer Cameron said...

Interesting facts about hummingbirds. Thanks for sharing!

Valerie said...

Love your dishes. I feed hummingbirds every year. I love them! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. So nice of you!

Unknown said...

Forked tongues? Really? How strange!? I love Hummingbirds. We have lots of them around our house right now. They especially love our orchid trees.