Tuesday, June 5, 2007


This little broad-tailed hummer was resting in our yard after his meal at the feeder. I had not seen a "sitting hummer" and was surprised to learn that hummers spend about 80% of their time sitting on shrubs or twigs or, in this case, a pole. Also learned that the tiniest hummer is the Bee Hummingbird of Cuba which is 2.25 inches long, tip of beak to tip of tail, and the largest is the Giant Hummingbird of the Andes Mountains, a gigantic 8.5 inches! They normally fly from 25-30 mph but can go as fast as 60 mph while doing their courtship dive. Their brains are proportionally the largest in the bird world. Not really "bird-brained," are they?

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