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In the News (Thu 21 Mar 19)

  
  Hummingbirds
Studies of hummingbirds' metabolism are highly relevant to the question of whether a migrating Ruby-throated Hummingbird can cross 800 km (500 miles) of the Gulf of Mexico on a nonstop flight, as field observations suggest it does.
For nectar, hummingbirds will happily take artificial nectar from man-made feeders Such feeders allow people to observe and enjoy hummingbirds up-close while providing the hummingbirds with a reliable supply of nectar, especially when flower blossoms are less abundant.The feeders can be placed as high as 60 meters maximum.
Hummingbirds are thought by evolutionary biologists to have evolved in South America, and the great majority of the species are found there.
www.avianweb.com /hummingbirds.htm   (1715 words)

  
 Hummingbirds   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
Hummingbirds have compact, strongly muscled bodies and rather long, bladelike wings that, unlike the wings of other birds, articulate (connect) to the body only from the shoulder joint.
The ruby-throated hummingbird has a wing-beat rate of about 70 per second in the male and about 50 per second in the female.
The rate is much lower in the larger hummingbirds; the giant hummingbird, for example, beats its wings only about 10 times per second.
www.sanbenito.k12.tx.us /schools/student_projects/garza/4_3/SouthTexasBirds/Pages/Hummingbirds.html   (102 words)

  
 Digimorph - Patagona gigas (giant hummingbird)
Hummingbirds (Aves: Trochilidae; see also Eutoxeres aquila) are the smallest birds (some weigh as little as 2 grams), and they have the largest heart relative to body size of all endothermic vertebrates (Johnsgard, 1983).
The distribution of the giant hummingbird extends from southern Colombia and northern Ecuador to central western Argentina (Sánchez Osés, 2003).
This plant is dependent on the hummingbird, and nectar robbing by the austral flbird, Curateus curateus, leads to a decrease in plant fitness by decreasing the number of visits to inflorescences by the giant hummingbird (González-Gómez and Valdivia, 2005).
digimorph.org /specimens/Patagona_gigas   (529 words)

  
 San Diego Zoo's Animal Bytes: Hummingbird
Hummingbirds are called “nectivores” because about 90 percent of their diet is nectar from flowers.
Hummingbirds are not very social animals, which is why you never see them flying in flocks.
Hummingbirds have a specialized diet that is difficult to duplicate, so they would be hard to feed properly, and they might get sick and die too soon.
www.sandiegozoo.org /animalbytes/t-hummingbird.html   (1183 words)

  
 Untitled Document
Hummingbirds are small and often very small birds with habitat on the american continent only.
The german name of the Hummingbird family is "Kolibri", the french name is "Oiseau mouche", the spanish name is "Pica flor" and the portuguese name is "Beija flor".
Hummingbird part: 32 of 76 color plates, 125 of 405 color photos, all species and many subspecies are shown and described, 328 Hummingbird distribution maps.
people.freenet.de /jfeldhusen/Hummingbirds.htm   (1085 words)

  
 Hummingbird facts such as Hummingbird nest size, Hummingbird egg size and smallest and largest Hummingbird.
Hummingbirds are very territorial and will perch in trees, vines or bushes, between feedings to watch the area.....
As the Hummingbirds lap up the nectar, pollen from the bloom is rubbed off onto the Hummingbirds, then carried by the Hummingbirds to the next bloom as it continues to feed.
Hummingbirds all make a humming sound through the rapid movement of their wings, when they are in flight.
www.howtoenjoyhummingbirds.com /hummingbird_facts.htm   (997 words)

  
 Hummingbird Facts
Hummingbirds are a joy for a birdwatcher to observe.
Hummingbirds sleep perched on branches with their neck retracted and their head forward, the bill pointed up at a sharp angle, and the feathers fluffed.
Hummingbirds are capable of living for extended periods without nectar as a component of their diet.
howtoenjoyhummingbirds.com /hummingbird_facts_and_informatio.htm   (2298 words)

  
 Giant Flowers
Giant allium flowers can be used as a cut or dried flower and has a long vase life of 10-14 days when properly treated for its ethylene sensitivity.
Giant miscanthus is native to Japan, the Ryukyu Islands, Taiwan, and other islands in that part of the Pacific.
Giant ragweed flowers are wind-pollinated and one of the chief causes of hay fever.
www.angelfire.com /journal2/flowers/pcd19.html   (1439 words)

  
 Hummingbirds in Native American Mythology
She first chooses the hummingbird for his good looks, but the crane convinces here that there should be a race around the world with the winner having her hand in marriage.
Eventually, the hummingbird flew to the center of the earth where it pleaded with the god of fertility to restore the land.
Prayer sticks with hummingbird feathers are held before the sunrise on the winter solstice in a ceremony that hastens re-birth.
www.hummingbirdworld.com /h/native_american.htm   (1484 words)

  
 Surfbirds.com - Hummingbirds
From the diminutive Bee Hummingbird in Cuba (probably the smallest bird in the world) to the Giant Hummingbird of Chile.
There is something in the region of 320 species of hummingbird, occuring only in the New World and ranging from Alaska and Labrador in the north to Tierra del Fuego in the south; from Barbados in the east to the Juan Fernandes islands in the west.
hummingbirds are polygamous, the males display either via song or songflight, often at traditional leks; the females, in all but one species, are thought to build the nest, incubate, and rear the young unaided by the male
www.surfbirds.com /Features/hummingbirds.html   (633 words)

  
 The hummingbird: God’s tiny miracle
Hummingbirds range in size from the tiny bee hummingbird, which is only about the length of an adult’s little finger, to the giant hummingbird, which may reach 22 centimetres (8.5 inches)—the width of a magazine page.
The hummingbird is also equipped with a long, specially designed tongue which is curled up at the edges to form two troughs (which look like a number 3 on its back) to hold the nectar.
However, even these features would not give the hummingbird the ability to gather enough food if it were not for the unique design of its wingbeat, which allows the bird to move forward to pierce the flower, hover until it gets enough nectar, and fly backwards to remove its bill from the flower.
www.answersingenesis.org /creation/v14/i1/hummingbird.asp   (1258 words)

  
 animaltemplate   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
The hummingbird is part of the bird family.
The inside of the hummingbird's nest is made of milkweed, silk and down from other plants.
The female hummingbird is one of the strongest birds for its size.
www.crockerfarm.org /ac/rm03/animals/hummingbirdkeri.htm   (341 words)

  
 Ecuador Hummingbird Extravaganza - birding tours, birding cruises - Victor Emanuel Nature Tours   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
Our final total was 52 species of hummingbirds, which included nine Choco endemics, one very scarce Ecuadorian endemic, the largest hummingbird in the world, the longest billed hummingbird in the world, and the smallest billed hummingbird in the world.
Yet the highlight was seeing the Sword-billed Hummingbird perch next to the feeder with its bill pointed skyward, and then hover inches away from the perch of the feeder to feed, since its bill was too long to sit and drink comfortably.
Hummingbird feeders are dispersed throughout the garden, and various flowering shrubs attract no less than 42 species of hummingbirds throughout the year (considered a world record for any one location), and no less than 18 species on any given day of the year.
www.ventbird.com /news/reports/361   (1728 words)

  
 Hummingbirds
The bee hummingbird of Cuba is not only the smallest of all hummingbirds, but also the smallest of all birds on Earth.
The ruby-throated hummingbird is the smallest of all hummingbirds.
Hummingbirds feed on nectar during the day and catch insects or spiders during the night.
www.edhelper.com /AnimalReadingComprehension_81_1.html   (413 words)

  
 Hummingbirds (Trochiliformes)
Hummingbirds are all very similar structurally they are related to swifts and have similarly short legs and reduced bones in their wings.
The length of a hummingbirds bill is related to the depth of the corolla of the flowers it feeds from, as many hummingbirds have evolved alongside their preferred food flowers.
Hummingbirds, particularly the males, are tinged with iridescent colours; reds, greens, blues and yellow are all evident.
www.earthlife.net /birds/trochiliformes.html   (1476 words)

  
 Hummingbird - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Studies of hummingbirds' metabolism are highly relevant to the question of whether a migrating Ruby-throated Hummingbird can cross 800 km (500 miles) of the Gulf of Mexico on a nonstop flight, as field observations suggest it does.
Hummingbird nest with two chicks in Santa Monica, CA Hummingbirds are found only in the Americas, from southern Alaska and Canada to Tierra del Fuego, including the West Indies.
Fossil hummingbirds are known from the Pleistocene of Brazil and the Bahamas - neither of which has been scientifically described -, and there are fossils and subfossils of a few extant species known, but until recently, older fossils had not been securely identifiable as hummingbirds.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Hummingbird   (2196 words)

  
 Birds - Hummingbirds and Swifts
When you see a hummingbird flying by, it is very hard to tell whether it has feet or not until it is hovering or lands at a feeder.
The only obvious things that hummingbirds and swifts have in common other than their tiny tootsies (outside of the fact that they are birds) is the fact that they migrate and eat insects as part of their diet.
The largest hummingbird is the size of a purple martin, and it's called the Giant Hummingbird.
www.iwrc-online.org /kids/Facts/Birds/hummingbirds.htm   (354 words)

  
 Britannica India: Did you Know?
Hummingbirds are restricted in distribution to the New World, where the greatest variety and number of species occur in South America.
Hummingbirds have compact, strongly muscled bodies and rather long, bladelike wings that, unlike the wings of other birds, articulate (connect) to the body only from the shoulder joint.
The hummingbird's nest is a tiny cup of plant fibres, spider webs, lichens, and moss that is attached to a branch, a forked twig, a large leaf, or a rock ledge.
www.britannicaindia.com /dukdetails.asp   (1218 words)

  
 Hummingbirds in Native American Mythology
Hummingbirds are found only in the western hemisphere, so they are absent from the traditional fairy tales, legends, and myths of European and African Americans.
A Mayan legend says the hummingbird is actually the sun in disguise, and he is trying to court a beautiful woman, who is the moon.
She agrees, thinking the hummingbird is bound to win because he flies so fast.
www.shawcreekbirdsupply.com /native_hummingbird_mythology.htm   (1491 words)

  
 About Hummingbirds
Although various larger birds, snakes, and mammals raid hummingbird nests for eggs and chicks, predation is not a major cause of mortality in adult hummingbirds.
The brilliant, iridescent colors of hummingbird plumage are caused by the refraction of incident light by the structures of certain feathers.
Hummingbirds migrate in response to hormonal changes, which are triggered by decreasing length of daylight; nothing you can do will make them stay too long, so it's not necessary to stop feeding them to force them to go south.
www.hummingbirds.net /about.html   (3336 words)

  
 Ruby Throated Hummingbird Mobile, garden art, yard art, nature gifts
Hummingbirds (family Trochilidae) are small birds capable of hovering in mid-air due to the rapid flapping of its wings (15 to 80 beats per second, depending on the size of the bird).
There are between 325-340 species of hummingbird, depending on taxonomic viewpoint, divided into two subfamilies, the 34 hermit species and the typical hummingbirds which includes all the others.
Hummingbirds are thought to have evolved in South America, and the great majority of the species are found there.
www.flyingmobiles.com /html/mobiles/bd16.htm   (312 words)

  
 Hummingbird Facts - feathers, wingbeats, heartbeats, migration
Hummingbirds are very fast, traveling at an average 25 miles per hour, with wingbeats of anywhere from 10-15 per second in the Giant Hummingbird, up to 80 per minute by the Amethyst Woodstar.
Hummingbirds are creatures of habit, and will develop their own paths to food, checking them frequently and on a daily basis.
Only fill your hummingbird feeders to the one-third or halfway mark, as it would take many birds to empty the contents, and the feeders will need cleaning every few days to prevent the occurrence of mold.
www.wild-bird-watching.com /Hummingbird-Facts.html   (1029 words)

  
 Friends of Saguaro National Park - About Saguaro National Park: Hummingbirds
Saguaro National Park is a mecca for birds and birdwatchers alike, and hummingbirds are part of the attraction.
Hummingbirds are known for their ability to hover in mid-air by rapidly flapping their wings, 15 to 80 times per second (depending on the species).
They concluded that their subjects produced 75% of their weight support during the down-stroke and 25% during the up-stroke: many earlier studies had assumed (implicitly or explicitly) that lift was generated equally during the two phases of the wingbeat cycle.
www.friendsofsaguaro.org /hummingbirds.html   (873 words)

  
 HUMMINGBIRDS
The largest hummingbird is the South American giant hummingbird, which is roughly 8-1/2 inches long.
Hummingbirds are noted not only for their size, but their beautiful iridescent colors.
These iridescent hues, which are mainly found on a hummingbird's head or throat patch, are caused by an interference or dispersion and scattering of light from flattened feathers.
virtual29.com /magazine/hbirds.html   (959 words)

  
 Hummingbirds page
Hummingbirds are found only in the New World, arising in the tropics and diversifying in abundance in the Andes and along the backbone of the Central America.
Hummingbirds range in size from the smallest birds on earth to several quite large species in the Andes.
Of course, not all hummingbirds are tropical, or appear to defy the laws of proportions, nor are all bright and colorful.
www.montereybay.com /creagrus/hummingbirds.html   (1600 words)

  
 Hummingbirds | Birdmen of Peru | The Englishman's Daughter
The hummingbird exists only in the New World, and was a source of much interest and study by those who came from the Old.
The giant hummingbird of the Andes weighs in at 850 pounds, and is so heavy it cannot lift off the ground, but just squats there grunting a deep "peep" at its rivals.
Hummingbirds are not very good in the walking department; in fact, they can only shuffle.
www.ralphmag.org /BP/briefs.html   (1209 words)

  
 Hummingbirds   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
~The smallest type of hummingbird is the Bee Hummingbird, of Cuba.
It is about 2 inches long, but half of that is the beak and tail.
The Giant Hummingbird of South America, however, can be more than 8 inches long.
www.expage.com /chhummingbirds   (153 words)

  
 Hummingbird flower-feeding survey
Our Anna's hummingbirds also really love the fireweed (Epilobium something, can't remember the species name) Actually, all the pollenating critters love the fireweed, and yes, it is good at attracting butterflies, too.
We had moonflower which is native to florida, and the hummingbirds were very attracted to that even though the color was a pure white.
I have other Hummingbird mints in the yard, but A. rupestris seems to be the most popular (When the migrating rufous came last fall, they picked fights with the fl-chinned over these flowers).
www.scheuern.com /cgi-bin/humminfo.cgi?action=view   (9847 words)

  
 Hummingbirds at Nature Haven
Ruby-throated hummingbirds rely on spotted touch-me-nots as a source of nectar as they migrate south, and it could be that the later time of blooming has been an adaption of this species to take advantage of hummingbirds as pollinators.
Hummingbirds range in size of 8 inches, the giant hummingbird which lives at altitudes of 15,000 feet in the Andes Mountains, to the Cuban Bee Hummingbird, which is 2 1/4 inches, the world's smallest.
HUMMINGBIRD REHAB: Occasionally, a hummingbird may have an accident and may need to be brought to a rehabilitator.
www.naturehaven.com /Hummingbird/hummingbird.html   (1831 words)

  
 Hummingbird Species
The Amazilia Hummingbird (Amazilia amazilia) is a species of hummingbird, a family of small nearpasserine birds.
Giant Hummingbird (Patagona gigas): the largest member of the hummingbird family, weighing 18-20 g (6/10 - 7/10 of an ounce).
The Giant Hummingbird is found between 2,000 and 3,500 meters (6,500-11,000 feet) above sea level in the Andes of South America, from northern Ecuador to central Chile and Argentina.
www.avianweb.com /hummingbirdspecies.html   (271 words)

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