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CaptionHummingbirds are small birds in the family Trochilidae. They are known for their ability to hover in mid-air by rapidly flapping their wings 15 to 80 times per second depending on the species. Capable of sustained hovering the hummingbird has the ability to fly deliberately backwards or vertically and to maintain position while drinking from flower blossoms. They are named for the characteristic hum made by their wings. Hummingbirds are attracted to many flowering plants—shrimp plants Heliconia bromeliads verbenas fuchsias many penstemons—especially those with red flowers. They feed on the nectar of these plants and are important pollinators especially of deep-throated flowers. Most species of hummingbird also take insects especially when feeding young. The Bee Hummingbird Mellisuga helenae is the smallest bird in the world weighing 1.8 grams __________________ With the exception of insects hummingbirds while in flight have the highest metabolism of all animals a necessity in order to support the rapid beating of their wings. Their heartbeat can reach as high as 1260 beats per minute _________________________ The 99th plate illustration from Ernst Haeckel's Kunstformen der Natur 1904 showing a variety of hummingbirds. Click through wikipedia link below to learn their names
HeadlineHummingbirds are found only in the Americas
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