Wings~

Hummingbirds are the smallest birds in the world. Anna’s weigh about .14 ounce, but they can fly at speeds of up to 60 mph.

Unlike other birds they can fly backwards and upside down, and they are among the 1% of birds who can hover.

Hummers fly upright, not flat like other birds.

Their wings rotate 180 degrees, on their shoulder ball and socket joints,

and can beat up to 200 times per minute!

Despite their petite size, hummingbirds have mega-brains. Their brains constitute 4.2% of their body weight, greater than any other bird, and greater than human beings whose brains are about 2% of their body mass. Hummers remember how to fly thousands of miles, they know and remember which humans can be counted on to feed them, and they remember which flowers have the best nectar.

Cheers to you from the small but mighty hummer~

144 thoughts on “Wings~

  1. A few months ago, I was walking with a friend in a local park. I went to the bathroom and found that there was a humming bird in there! The poor thing was fixated on the window, which had a screen over it, and wasn’t able to find the door. It took about half an hour but I was eventually able to catch it in my hand and release it πŸ™‚
    Its tiny body was very energetic in my hand but it all went smoothly – Phew!

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    • They get into a hysterical panic. They don’t understand the window or screen and why they can’t get past it. They beat themselves against it until they become exhausted and sometimes die of panic. You saved the bird’s life. Thank you. I know it scared you too. It is such a sad thing to see. Occasionally it happens in our garages, but I am able to go outside, remove the screen and open the window. So good of you to take the time to do this! Hummingbirds are incredible little creatures დდდ

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