Fliying while feeding the baby. Anna's Hummingbird. California.
All birds are fascinating creatures, but there are many facts about hummingbirds that make them astonishing to even experienced birders. From physiological facts to lifestyle facts to distribution facts, hummingbirds are some of the most interesting of the nearly 10,000 bird species in the world.
There are more than 325 hummingbird species in the world. Only 8 species regularly breed in the United States, though up to two dozen species may visit the country.
Hummingbirds cannot walk or hop, though their feet can be used to scoot sideways while they are perched.
Hummingbirds have 1,000-1,500 feathers, the fewest number of feathers of any bird species in the world.
A hummingbird’s wings beat between 50 and 200 flaps per second depending on the direction of flight and air conditions.
A hummingbird’s maximum forward flight speed is 30 miles per hour, though the birds can reach up to 60 miles per hour in a dive.
An average hummingbird’s heart rate is more than 1,200 beats per minute.
At rest, a hummingbird takes an average of 250 breaths per minute.