Saturday, October 13, 2007

Broad-billed Hummingbird

Broad-billed Hummingbirds are one of the smallest and most colorful birds ever found. These different colors make these birds very unique and beautiful among other species of the same kind. Broad-billed hummingbirds have dark green body, a bright red bill and "vibrant blue throat" which is enough to distinguish these hummingbirds from other hummingbirds. These birds mostly reside in Southern Mexico and Southern Arizona. Some of the other interesting physical factors of these hummingbirds include their internal organs and their structures. For example, these birds have the thinnest intestine which is only 2 inches in length.

The Broad-billed hummingbirds have the highest metabolism rate, heart rate, breathing rate compared to other animals and birds and are also thought to live up to 3 to 4 years at least. The longest living hummingbird was found to be 12 years old. They also help pollinate the plants. These birds normally feed on nectar from flowers during day time but as soon as it's night time they are unable to feed. They are unable to feed at night because they have a very poor night vision and they don't like to fly in the dark. As soon as it's night time they just find a spot and just sit down either in their nests or on the tree or even the ground sometimes. Being smart as they are, these birds decrease their body temperature which has a great effect on their metabolism and their need for food. The lowering of body temperature leads to slow metabolism which helps them lower their need for food and helps them survive through the night. This activity is repeated each and every night, it's like their daily routine. Wouldn't it be cool if we could do that every night or every late nights because eating late at night is unhealthy for us anyway.

These birds are not just the cutest species but they are also very helpful in many ways one of which includes pollinating the plants which can only be pollinated by these hummingbirds. These are some of the facts that I found very interesting about the Broad-billed Hummingbirds and I am sure you will also find the facts interesting and the birds real cute once you see the site posted at the bottom of this page.




Sources:

http://identify.whatbird.com/obj/220/overview/Broad-billed_Hummingbird.aspx

http://howtoenjoyhummingbirds.com/baby%20hummingbird%20videos.htm

(The second site shows the life of a hummingbird from it's birth until the time it left the nest, I thought it was really interesting and cute to see these little tiny birds grow up, they're just adorable little birds, you guys should definitely look at the second site!)


Posted by PB&J (Peanut Butter and Jelly)

8 Comments:

At 5:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Usually i do not really learn much form reading these blogs, but from reading your, i feel like i want to go visit the website and want to learn more. It is very intersesting how these bird can actually decrease their body tempeture when ever they want, even if it is only at night. Although i do think that it is dangerous for them to be laying on the ground at night, it would be more easier for them to get eaten by another predator. Other than that, i do think that these birds are very smart in their survival tactics. In the future i will go to the website and learn more about these birds.
-Valerie Hines

 
At 5:23 PM, Blogger vhines said...

Usually i do not really learn much form reading these blogs, but from reading your, i feel like i want to go visit the website and want to learn more. It is very intersesting how these bird can actually decrease their body tempeture when ever they want, even if it is only at night. Although i do think that it is dangerous for them to be laying on the ground at night, it would be more easier for them to get eaten by another predator. Other than that, i do think that these birds are very smart in their survival tactics. In the future i will go to the website and learn more about these birds.
-Valerie Hines

 
At 6:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post, i didn't realize hummingbirds could do so much like control their metabolism.

John Garabedian

 
At 6:38 PM, Blogger PWH said...

Great post, I didn't realize hummingbirds could do so much like control their metabolism

 
At 6:38 PM, Blogger PWH said...

Great post, I didn't realize hummingbirds could do so much like control their metabolism

Posted by John Garabedian

 
At 11:44 AM, Blogger Dave said...

The other day when I went home, I noticed there were bees buzzing around my mother's mums (around 2pm on a sunny day). These bees were your standard run of the mill bumblebees. As I was leaving that day around 9pm when it was significantly colder, I noticed there were still bees left on the flowers. These bees however were not moving. Poking one of them with my finger elicited a slight leg waggle reaction, but nothing significant.

Do bumblebees do the same thing as hummingbirds, lowering their body temperature to conserve energy?

Posted by Dave Sokolowski

 
At 8:27 PM, Blogger PWH said...

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At 8:28 PM, Anonymous Katie Berthiaume said...

I thought this article was really interesting. I always thought hummingbirds were really cool, but I never knew anything about them. I thought these facts were very interesting and I think it is really cool how they can control their metabolism also...wish humans could do that

 

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