Did you know?

 

Hummingbirds while in flight have the highest metabolism of all animals (not including insects), a necessity in order to support the rapid beating of their wings.

 

Their heart rate can reach as high as 1,260 beats per minute.

 

Hummingbirds are continuously hours away from starving to death, and are able to store just enough energy to survive overnight.

 

They consume more than their own weight in nectar each day, and to do so they must visit hundreds of flowers daily.

 

Hummingbirds can fly backwards, and are the only group of birds able to do so. 

 

The Giant Hummingbird's wings beat at 8–10 beats per second, the wings of medium-sized hummingbirds beat about 20–25 beats per second and the smallest can reach 100 beats per second during courtship displays.