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Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backwards, thanks to the unique structure of their wing joints that allows them to rotate their wings in a figure-eight pattern. They can also hover, fly forward, up, down, sideways, and even upside-down.
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Weighing less than 2 grams (approximately one-twentieth of an ounce), the male bee hummingbird (Mellisuga helenae) is the smallest bird in the world. It is also the smallest warm-blooded vertebrate on Earth. Female bee hummingbirds are slightly larger than their male counterparts
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Among all birds, Hummingbirds have the largest brains relative to their body size, making up 4.2% of their total body weight. They remember every flower they have visited and how long it will take a flower to refill.
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A Hummingbird's heart can beat as fast as 1260 beats per minute during flight and as slow as 50 beats per minute at rest to conserve energy.
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Hummingbirds are known for their vibrant iridescent feathers, which result from microscopic platelets in the feathers that refract light.
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Hummingbirds are the best fliers in the world, but that ability came with a cost: they can barely walk.
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Hummingbirds are the only birds in the world that are capable of hovering for more than 30 seconds at a time
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The sword-billed hummingbird's beak is longer than its body. its long, specialized bill is adapted for extracting nectar from deep within long, tubular flowers.
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Hummingbirds got their name from the humming sound produced by their rapid wing beats during flight, beating at an incredible 50 to 90 times per second during normal flight. Ruby-throated hummingbirds have the fastest wingbeats of all birds, beating 200 times per second during courtship flights
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When food is scarce or temperatures drop, hummingbirds enter a state of torpor, where their body temperature and heart rate slow down significantly to conserve energy.
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Hummingbirds can see more colors than humans, including ultraviolet light, which helps them find nectar-rich flowers.
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Hummingbirds have a very high metabolism and must eat frequently during non-rest periods. They consume about half their body weight in bugs and nectar in a typical day, feeding every 10-15 minutes and visiting 1,000-2,000 flowers throughout the day.
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The Aztec god of the sun, war, and the patron of Tenochtitlan (the Aztec capital near the present day Mexico City) was Huitzilopochtli. His name translates to "Hummingbird of the South". Aztecs referred to those slain in battle or sacrificed to Huitzilopochtli as "quauhteca" (meaning 'eagle people') Aztecs believed that quauhteca joined the sun's glorious retinue for four years before finding everlasting life as hummingbirds.
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A hummingbird's tongue can flick in and out 20 times per second as it sips nectar from flowers.
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Rufous hummingbird has one of the longest migrations among birds, traveling twice per year between Alaska and Mexico, a distance of about 3,900 miles (6,300 km).
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The ruby-throated hummingbird has the fewest feathers of any bird, with about 940. Hummingbirds have a relatively small number of feathers, around 1,000–1,500, in general.
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The lesser violetear has been recorded as attaining the greatest flying speed ever recorded for a hummingbird, with a pair of birds having attained 90 mph (140 km/h) during a chase
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The vervain hummingbird (Mellisuga minima) lays two eggs that are smallest of all birds. The eggs are about 1 cm (0.39 in) long and weigh about 0.38 g (0.013 oz). The female incubates the eggs for 16 to 19 days, and the chicks fledge about 21 to 25 days after hatching. One egg laid by a Vervain hummingbird in October 1998 was the smallest bird egg ever recorded. It measured less than 10mm in length and weighed about 0.365grams
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Despite their small size, hummingbirds are fearless and have been known to attack larger birds, such as crows or jays, that venture too close to their territory.
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There are more than 300 species of hummingbirds, primarily found in tropical areas. Ecuador has the highest diversity of hummingbird species. This small South American country, is home to over 130 species of hummingbirds.
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Hummingbirds are crucial pollinators, transferring pollen between flowers as they feed on nectar.
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Hummingbirds sometimes build their nests using spider silk, allowing the nest to expand as the chicks grow.
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A veiled chameleon shoots its tongue out faster than a fighter jet taking off.
The world's fastest bird is the peregrine falcon, which can reach speeds of over 240 miles per hour during a dive.
The world's largest sea turtle is the leatherback sea turtle, which can weigh over 2,000 pounds.
The world's largest fish is the whale shark, which can grow up to 60 feet in length.
The world's largest mammal is the blue whale, which can reach lengths of over 100 feet and weigh over 200 tons.
The world's largest bird is the ostrich, which can reach heights of over 9 feet.
The world's largest lizard is the Komodo dragon, which can grow up to 10 feet in length.
The world's largest spider is the goliath birdeater, which has a leg span of over a foot.
The world's largest insect is the giant weta, which can weigh over 2.5 ounces.
The world's largest amphibian is the Chinese giant salamander, which can grow up to 6 feet in length.
The smallest mammal in the world is the bumblebee bat, which weighs less than a penny.
The tongue is the strongest muscle in the human body relative to its size.
The world's largest coral reef system is the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, which stretches over 1,400 miles.
The world's fastest ant is the Saharan silver ant, which can travel up to one meter per second.
The world's largest waterfall by volume is the Angel Falls in Venezuela, which drops over 3,212 feet.
The world's largest flower is the Rafflesia arnoldii, which can grow up to three feet in diameter.
The world's largest jellyfish is the Lion's Mane jellyfish, which has tentacles that can reach over 120 feet in length.
The world's largest snake is the reticulated python, which can grow up to 33 feet in length.
The world's largest snowflake on record was 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick.
The oldest living organism on Earth is a Great Basin bristlecone pine tree, estimated to be over 5,000 years old.
A housefly hums in the key of F.
The largest pyramid in the world is not in Egypt, but in Mexico.
The total weight of all ants on Earth is greater than the total weight of all humans.
The world's largest hailstone on record weighed over 2 pounds and was nearly the size of a basketball.
The national animal of Scotland is the unicorn.
The world's largest living organism is a fungus named Armillaria ostoyae, which covers 2,200 acres in Oregon.
The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from space.
A rhinoceros's horn is made of compacted hair.
The world's largest pearl was found inside a giant clam and weighed over 14 pounds.
The world's largest volcano is Mauna Loa in Hawaii, which covers an area of 2,035 square miles.
The Eiffel Tower grows about 6 inches in the summer due to the heat expanding the metal.
A newborn kangaroo is about 1 inch long, about the size of a large grape.
Sloths only defecate once a week and do so in a communal area.
The longest recorded flight of a chicken was 13 seconds.
A shrimp's heart is located in its head.
A cat has a specialized collar bone that allows it to always land on its feet.
The lifespan of a single taste bud is 10 days.
The shortest war in recorded history lasted only 38 minutes, between Britain and Zanzibar in 1896.
With 160 calories per 100 gram (4 oz) serving, Avacado is the most calorie-dense fruit in the world

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Jupiter is bigger than all the other planets in the solar system put together.
Beavers have a set of transparent eyelids that cover and protect their eyes underwater.
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