19 Jaw-Dropping Facts About Hummingbirds
These fascinating facts and photos are bound to make you adore them even more!
They return to where they hatch
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If you think the same hummingbirds come to your feeders and flowers every year, you might be right! Banding research shows they are likely to return to the area where they hatched.
They sometimes eat tree sap
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Hummingbirds, especially males, sometimes arrive in their northern nesting grounds before flowers have started to bloom. Where can they find the sweet treats they need for energy? Tree sap! Hummingbirds are known to follow sapsuckers around and drink sap from the holes they drill in trees like maple, birch, and hickory. Plant some of these trees in your own yard to attract hummingbirds that arrive in early spring.
They like to rest and ride on swings
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The tiny birds spend as much as 80 percent of their waking hours at rest. You can buy or build special hummingbird swings for them to enjoy. Also, hang some perches near sugar-water feeders.
They shouldn’t eat organic sugar
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Pure white table sugar is the safest option for mixing nectar for hummingbirds. Many consider organic sugar, which doesn’t tend to be fully refined to pure sucrose, unsafe for feeding birds. You should steer clear of brown sugar, powdered sugar, sugar substitutes, honey, red dye or any other ingredient but plain white sugar.
Its tongue is a useful tool
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A hummingbird uses its tongue, which functions as a tiny pump, to suck the sought-after sweet liquid from feeders and flowers. These are the most majestic birds found in nature.
They migrate far
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Rufous hummingbirds migrate farther than any other North American species. They travel 4,000 miles from Mexico to Alaska every spring.