Do Hummingbirds Hum?

Do Hummingbirds Hum?

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Hummingbirds may be the smallest birds in the world, but they have the biggest appetites. Their wings flutter on average fifty to eighty times each second as they visit hundreds of flowers over the course of a day to sip the sweet nectar that sustains them. Their hearts beat nearly twelve hundred times a minute and their rapid breathing allows these amazing birds to sustain their unique manner of flight. They can hover in the air for prolonged periods, fly backwards using forceful wings that swivel at the shoulder, and dive at nearly two hundred miles per hour. Native only to the Americas, some hummingbirds have been known to migrate from Mexico to Alaska in the course of a season. George C. West, who has studied and banded over 13, 500 hummingbirds in Arizona, and Carol A. Butler provide an overview of hummingbird biology for the general reader, and more detailed discussions of their morphology and behavior for those who want to fly beyond the basics. Enriched with beautiful and rare photography, including a section in vivid color, this engaging question and answer guide offers readers a wide range of information about these glorious pollinators as well as tips for attracting, photographing, and observing humming birds.Fascinating Answers to Questions about Hummingbirds George C. West, Carol A. Butler ... If hummingbirds are supplied with unlimited nectar at feeders, observations suggest that they need to drink nectar for only a few minutes every hour. ... To drink from a flower, a hummingbird inserts its long bill into a flower and laps up the nectar with its long, grooved tongue, much as a dog or cat laps water. The lickanbsp;...

Title:Do Hummingbirds Hum?
Author:George C. West, Carol A. Butler
Publisher:Rutgers University Press - 2010


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