Fascinating Facts About Hummingbirds

The traits that make hummingbirds tick.

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Do You Know These Fascinating Facts About Hummingbirds?

Learn the fascinating traits that make hummingbirds the special creatures that they are:

  1. Large eyes pick up as many colors as human eyes do, plus ultraviolet light;
  2. Lead edges of wings create tornado-like vortexes to help with hovering;
  3. Tongues act as thin pumps that contract to draw in nectar;
  4. Dainty feet for perching only, since hummingbirds don’t walk or hop;
  5. Sturdy tail feathers used like rudders to make hairpin turns;
  6. A rufous hummingbird sips nectar from a Pride of Madeira bloom.

These Birds are Nectar Specialists