FC: Hummingbirds | This is a Hoary Puffleg. | Nadean
3: I was sitting on my porch one day and I saw this cute bird fly by. I was thinking to myself, I’ve never seen that type of bird before, what is that bird. I started to think to myself, what does it remind me of? And I started to think, and no birds came to my mind on what that bird reminded me of.
5: That night, I went on line and typed in a description of what the bird looked like and it gave me many different birds. So I decided to go to the book store. I picked up a book on birds. Then I took the book home and found out it was what they call a Hummingbird.
6: A Humming Bird is part of the Trochilidae family. They are among the smallest birds. The smallest extant bird species is the Bee Humming Bird. Because the hummingbird can rotate its wings in a circle, they are the only bird that can fly forwards, backwards, up, down, sideways and hover in mid air. A random fact I found in my book is that Hummingbirds have no sense of smell.
9: Just the first few sentences in the book caught my eye. It left my brain wanting to learn more. I continued to read on and found that they hover in mid- air by having their wings flap 12 to 80 times in one single second. Because their wings flap so fast, they make a humming sound, which is how they got their name.
10: The Giant Hummingbird's wings beat at 8 to 12 beats per second. The wings of medium-sized hummingbirds beat about 20 to 30 beats per second. Lastly, the smallest can reach 100 beats per second. Could you imagine something moving that fast?
13: Now that I knew a little more about the birds. I wanted to keep reading on to find out even more. So I then got to the section about what they eat. Their diet consists of nectar, but since the nectar doesn’t give them the protein they need so they prey on insects and spiders.
14: Interesting facts about hummingbirds, one is that hummingbirds only live in North and South America. Most hummingbirds die within the first year, but if they are lucky enough to survive they can live about 3 to 4 years. Hummingbirds will feed 5 to 8 times a day, for short periods of time. Another interesting fact is hummingbirds frequently vocalize to attract a mate or when they are excited.
17: Ever since I saw the hummingbird for the first time, they really fascinate me. I am so glad I went a read the book to learn about them. They are very interesting. Now hummingbirds are what I look for when I am out and about or just watching the birds go by.
18: Attribution! The Hummingbird Book: The Complete Guide to Attracting, Identifying, and Enjoying Hummingbirds | Picture Attribution! Image of front cover found at http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hoary_Puffleg.jpg by Keefeeb Images on page 1 top right found at http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Blue-tufted_Starthroat_(Heliomaster_furcifer).jpg by Lip Kee Yap middle found at http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Florisuga_mellivora_-Panama-8.jpg by Brian Gratwicke bottom right found at http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Stephanoxis_lalandi_-Campos_do_Jordao,_Sao_Paulo,_Brazil-8.jpg by Dario Sanches Image of page 2 found at http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Colibr%C3%AD_Cola_de_Oro_(Golden-tailed_Sapphire_Hummingbird)_Bigger_File.jpg by Marcial4 Image of page 4 found at http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Red-billed_Streamertail_male_RWD4.jpg by DickDaniels
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