Named for the sound of their rapid wing beats, the agile Hummingbird zooms into the top spot for this weeks Pacific Landing Feathered Friend Friday.
There are over 300 different species of Hummingbird which can be found across the western hemisphere, with the preponderance found in Central and South America. Approximately 12 of the 300 species are migratory and can be found across the USA and Canada in the summer months. These vivacious little birds are very territorial and can often be seen chasing away other Hummingbirds, as well as much larger birds, if they get too close. The male Hummingbirds vivid display of coloured feathers serve to assert themselves in territorial competition and courtship rituals.
Beating anywhere between 50 and 100 times per second, the sheer speed of their wings allow them fly in all directions, hover and even fly upside down. Hummingbirds are able to reach speeds over 15 m/s or 54 km/h. These intense speeds for such little creatures require a lot of energy, due to this they have a very fast metabolism and have to eat often throughout the day. Hummingbirds consume nectar from flowers and commercial feeders, as well as insects such as mosquitoes; just another reason to love Hummingbirds! The nectar that they drink is very high in sugar, which provides them with the necessary fuel for their high energy consumption.
If you have a feeder, the recommended recipe is 1 part white sugar to 4 parts water, however hummingbirds do prefer higher levels of sugar therefore 1 part sugar to 3 parts water will attract even more of these fascinating little friends.
We feel lucky that these hard working and speedy little characters call the Esquimalt Migratory Bird Sanctuary home. The Esquimalt Lagoon Migratory Bird Sanctuary is one of seven Migratory Bird Sanctuaries across British Columbia and is located on the Pacific Landing site.
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