The Smallest Hummingbird: The Bee Hummingbird

The smallest hummingbird in the world is the Bee Hummingbird. This amazingly tiny bird is found in Cuba and is only 2 inches long and weighs less than 0.04 ounces. Isn’t that amazing? I often wonder how something so very small manages to survive. How about you? 
This tiny hummingbird beats its wings 80 times per second. It also has the ability to pivot its wings which enables it to stop, hover in midair, and fly backward.
Like all hummingbirds, this bird’s diet consists of nectar and insects. The insects serve as a vital source of protein. It is important to remember that no hummingbird can survive on a diet of nectar alone. The Bee Hummingbird eats half their total body mass and drink 8 times their total body mass in water each day. Like other hummingbird species, the Bee Hummingbird requires an enormous amount of calories each and every day due to its extremely fast metabolism. It may shock you to learn that a hummingbird can actually starve to death in as little as two hours. Well, are you surprised?

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