oh hummingbird

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The hummingbirds has always been my favorite bird. They are gorgeous. No other bird possesses such a wide spectrum of breathtaking colors as the hummingbird. I haven’t been able to photograph any of them yet, but I have furnished my deck with a feeder and a few pots of butterfly bush and pineapple sage.
Do you know that hummingbirds cannot smell and they depend on their eyesight when they are selecting flowers. Their hearts beat ten times faster than a human’s and their wings beat at the rate of 3000 times per minute. They have the highest metabolic rate of any animal, a dozen times higher than a pigeon, a hundred times higher than an elephant. Speaking of an elephant, hummingbirds have ‘elephant memory’, they can remember every flower they have been to, and how long it will take a flower to refill. They are very smart, their brain is approximately 4.2% of its body weight, the largest proportion in the bird kingdom. Fascinating eh?

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