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12 facts about hummingbirds & their migration

Bet you didn't know these things about hummingbirds.

During the winter months, the hummingbird migration begins. March is the prime time for migration in the Ark-La-Tex! The reason for hummingbird migration is the sense of changes of daylight duration and abundance of flowers, nectar, and insects. Before the migration, the hummingbirds gain a lot weight so they can prepare for their long flight journey from the central/east part of the U.S. to Ark-La-Tex areas. Here some unique facts about them.

Hummingbird migration

1. Hummingbirds live on average 3 to 5 years. Some have been known to live as long as 12.

2. Hummingbirds will store up a layer of fat equal to half their body weight before migration in order to slowly use up this energy source while flying.

3. They are the only birds that are capable of backwards flight.

4. The weight of a hummingbird is less than a nickel on average.

5. Hummingbirds flocks are referred to as a bouquet, a hover, a shimmer, a glittering, or a tune.

6. There are over 330 species of hummingbirds in North and South America.Hummingbird migration

7. Hummingbirds have a great memory – they remember every flower & feeder they’ve been to, and how long it will take a flower to refill.

8. A hummingbird’s heart beats more than 1,200 times per minute.

9. Hummingbirds can travel over 2,000 miles twice a year when they migrate.

10. Roughly 25 to 30 percent of a hummingbird’s weight is in its broad chest muscles that it principally uses for flying.

11. A hummingbird must consume approximately one half of its weight in sugar daily, and on average feeds five to eight times an hour. They also eat many small insects for a quick protein boost.

12. Hummingbirds have no sense of smell but have great eyesight which makes them see colors really well.

For more information about hummingbirds in the Ark-La-Tex, click here. Did you know you can make your own hummingbird feeder during migration season in Shreveport?

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