Hummingbirds – the smallest bird

Posted by on Sep 27, 2012 in Kids Blog, Motivation | No Comments

Hummingbirds are the smallest birds.  Their brains are the size of a human tooth, but for how little their bodies are, their brains are very big!

 

See the green colored hummingbird flapping its wings!

See the green colored hummingbird flapping its wings!

They use up a lot of energy as they flap their wings very quickly. To keep moving, they also have a very fast heartbeat – 1,260 beats per minute!  (Human hearts only beat 60 to 100 beats per minute.)

Hummingbird sips nectar near the bottom of the tall flowers

If you look carefully near the bottom of the tall flower stalk, you can see the hummingbird flapping its wings and hovering.

Hummingbirds eat flower nectar, tree sap, insects, and pollen.  If you want to help hummingbirds have food in the winter when there are less flowers, you can put water with sugar in it and fill a hummingbird feeder. (Put 4 parts of water to the amount of sugar.)  They especially like red flowers.

Hummingbirds live only a few years – maybe four years at the most, but once in a while, one might live a very long time.

Be very quiet around a hummingbird or they will probably fly away.

It is so exciting to see such a tiny, beautiful creature finding food!

The Couch Potato learned about Hummingbirds from the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado AUDUBON CENTER, a place where people really like birds.  If you want to learn more, you can also see audubon.org.

The pictures that you see were taken by Shelley Gillespie, the “Original Couch Potato.”