Nature Trivia: Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds do not suck nectar. They feed through a long, tube-like tongue that darts into the flower's corolla for nectar.The tongue, shaped like a "W", uses capillary action to absorb the nectar much like a paper towel absorbs water. The tongue's brushy tip also traps insects on their own quest for nectar.

Hummingbird eggs are the size of a pea. Three of them will sit on a penny.

Hummers may visit 1,000 flowers per day.

Hummingbirds do not have a sense of smell.They locate their food by eyesight.

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1 comment:

shadesofwhite said...

I've had ruby throated hummingbirds at my feeder this summer and have taken photos for my blog, too. Every time I see them at my feeder I hold my breath :). I didn't know their eggs were so small(!), but the new babies that come to my feeder are diminutive!

Nice blog--