They can be as small as a length of a finger and weigh as little as a penny.
Their wings flap 50 times per second, and their metabolism is so fast that they eat half their weight in sugar every day.
They were revered in some cultures. Aztecs, for instance, believed that fallen warriors would return to Earth as these creatures.
They are hummingbirds, and this is an overview on what they eat, how they eat, and how you can bring them to your yard.
Hummingbirds are New World birds, in that they reside solely in the the Americas. They live as far north as southern Alaska and as far south as Tierra del Fuego, the southern-most tip of South America.
The majority inhabit the more temperate climate of Central America, with other species migrating there during the onset of winter in the different hemispheres.
They are known for certain distinctive traits and they have a pronounced bill that is slender and can be used to eat and to chase off competition at the same time.
Their bill is a handy bit of evolution for hummingbirds, as it remarks on their food source and why they’ve spread throughout the Americas when other species have disappeared.
So what do hummingbirds eat? Read on to learn more about these amazing creatures and how to attract them to your yard. [Read more…]