Jewels of Nature
Hummingbirds differ from other birds in a variety of ways. Most comfortable in the air, they can hover as well as fly up, down, forward and backward. Rarely needing to walk, their weak feet and legs are used more for perching than walking.
Hummingbirds possess the fastest metabolism of any animal on the planet! They consume up to twice their body weight in nectar every day. To do this, hummingbird bills and tongues are incredibl efficient feeding tools.
Despite popular belief, hummingbirds do not suck up nectar; they lap it up with their tongues. While dipping their grooved tongues into nectar sources at up to 12 times a second, the nectar is drawn up and into their mouth. You can watch this remarkable tongue in action with our WBU® Hummingbird Feeder: its transparent bottom allows you to see a bird's long tongue and rapid lapping action.
Hummingbird nests are made of plant down, glued together with spider webs and tree sap, usually on pencil-sized limbs, camouflaged with bits of lichen.
Female hummingbirds raise their young alone. Due to the males’ extremely aggressive territorial behavior, females will establish a nesting area outside of the males’ feeding territory.