Some Cool Facts About the Black-chinned Hummingbird

Even though I have learned a great deal of interesting information about hummingbirds, even the Black-chinned Hummingbird, these are some facts about it that I didn’t know until recently.  My mom truly loved watching the hummingbirds and this is the type of information she would have found quite interesting, so I hope you will too. 

  • In cold weather, a Black-chinned Hummingbird may ingest three times its body weight in nectar in one day.
  • The Black-chinned Hummingbird’s nest can expand as nestlings grow. The spider and insect silk holding it together stretches and allows the nest to grow along with the growing chicks.
  • The male and female Black-chinned Hummingbird may use different habitats during the nesting season, with the male in somewhat drier areas. In a study in Arizona and New Mexico, nesting females spent most of their time in canyon bottoms but often relied on nectar sources on nearby hillsides. Males occupied and defended territories on the hillsides but rarely ventured into the canyon bottoms.
  • The eggs of a Black-chinned Hummingbird average about 13 mm (0.5 in) long and 8 mm (0.3 in) across, about the same size as a whole coffee bean.

I find hummingbirds to be such fascinating creatures and I love making new and interesting discoveries about them and sharing them with you.  I’m continually amazed by the endless variety of information that is available and the never-ending discoveries that I make about hummingbirds.  Happy hummingbird watching everyone!


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