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The Calorie Needs of a Hummingbird

The hummingbird is a highly active bird and must eat regularly to meet its energy needs and help ensure its very survival. Does having to eat so frequently throughout the day mean that the hummingbird has a large calorie intake per day? This post will provide you with the answer to this question.

A hummingbird will feed between 5-10 per hour, but each feeding will last between 30-60 in length. In the course of a day, a hummingbird will consume about its weight in sugar water or nectar per day. During a normal day, a hummingbird only needs about 10 calories worth of food to ensure its survival. That’s correct, only 10 calories worth of food per day! The calories can be come in the form of carbohydrates, from sugar water or flower nectar, or fats and proteins, from small insects and spiders.

As you can see from reading this post, a hummingbird requires amazingly few calories to ensure its survival. It would be so nice if the same could also be said about humans!

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