Dear Mom

What’s a Crop?

The crop is is a specially modified part of the hummingbird’s digestive system that stores the food immediately after it is taken in.  The crop is filled whenever the hummingbird sips nectar.  Once it is filled the hummingbird will rest in order to allow the crop to empty into the rest of the digestive system.  The hummingbird will begin taking in more food once the crop is half empty.

Isn’t that interesting?  These are the kind of surprising and interesting facts that I am always amazed to discover about hummingbirds.  This is the kind of information about hummingbirds that I know my mom would have enjoyed discovering and that I wish I could share with her.  I hope that all of you will enjoy making this discovery as well.

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