Hummingbird Facts

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Below are some interesting facts about hummingbirds:

  • Hummingbirds are the tiniest birds in the world.
  • An average hummingbird consumes half its weight in sugar each day.
  • If an average man had a metabolism comparable to that of a hummingbird, he would have to eat 285 pounds of hamburger every day to maintain his weight.
  • Hummingbirds feed 5 to 8 times each hour, but for about 30 to 60 seconds at a time.
  • A hummingbird’s heart beats 1,260 times per minute.
  • A resting hummingbird takes 250 breaths per minute.
  • A hummingbird’s heart is 2.5% of the total body weight.
  • Hummingbirds have an average life span of about 5 years.
  • Hummingbirds can live for more than 10 years.

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