Pass me a tissue please ..
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|Caught this little gem at a butterfly museum in FL. I did not realise that it had pollen around it's beak until I looked at the pic. I tried to clean the pic some, but gave up .. here is an interesting workshop for some cleaning guru :)|
Here are some interesting facts on these beauties:
Hummingbirds are native to South America. When early Spanish explorers encountered hummingbirds they called them Joyas voladoras, flying jewels.
In the eighteenth century, when Swedish naturalist Carolus Linnaeus devised the scientific classification system still in use today (kingdom, phylum, class, order and family) hummingbirds were assigned their own family: Trochilidae, from the Greek trochilos, meaning small bird.
Only ten species of hummers have significant ranges north of Mexico. Only the ruby-throated hummingbird ranges east of the Mississippi.
Hummingbird nests average about 1-1/2 inches in outside diameter. A penny will almost fill the inside diameter.
Hummingbird eggs are so small that a penny would completely cover three of them. The usual brood, however, is two eggs.
It takes hummingbird eggs two to 2 1/2 weeks to hatch.
Hatchlings remain in the nest for about three weeks.
Most hummers produce one brood per season.
Hummers typically live five years.
Hummers usually feed every ten minutes throughout the day.
A hummingbird's heart beats 1,260 beats per minute during the day and slows to 50 beats per minute during the night.
Normal flight speed for a hummingbird is 25 to 30 mph, but hummers can dive at speeds of up to 60 mph.
Hummingbirds have split tongues, which they fold into a tube when feeding.
Although male hummers are more colorful than female hummers, female hummingbirds are relatively colorful.
Hummingbirds eat both nectar and the small insects found near the nectar.
Hummingbirds are BIG eaters, normally consuming over twice their weight in nectar and insects every day! Most of the weight of their food is water, but if you measured just the protein and sugar of their food, it would still be about half their weight every day. That's the same as if a hundred pound seventh grader ate 200 cheeseburgers every day!
Hummingbirds digest their food very quickly. It takes about 10 minutes for a fruit fly to pass through a hummingbird from one end to the other.
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Bonita foto, con un buen enfoque a través de las ramas de los arboles, quizas corregir un poco los niveles de contraste para realzar más los colores del ave. Mira mi propuesta por si te gusta.
hello Liezel Dsouza ,
very sharp and nice colors .
and the bird is beaitiful.