The Tiny Bee Hummingbird

Have you ever heard a buzzing noise and thought it was a bee only to discover that it wasn’t a bee at all? Well, then what was it? It was most likely a Bee Hummingbird. This post will provide you with some interesting information on the smallest bird in the world—the Bee Hummingbird. 

The male bee hummingbird is the smallest known bird in the world. Male bee hummingbirds weigh 0.056 ounces and are 2.75 inches in length. The female of this particular species is slightly larger then the male. These hummingbirds live in Cuba. Its body is about the size of a large bee, thus the name of the species. The bill and tail account for half of this length.

Like all hummingbirds, the bee hummingbird is known to be strong and swift flier. This species of hummingbird also spends a higher percentage of their lives flying than any other species. They have specially adapted flight muscles, which make up 22 to 34 percent of their total body weight. Just like other hummingbird species, their shoulder joints allow their wings to rotate 180 degrees and their small feet and legs can only be used for perching.

3 replies on “The Tiny Bee Hummingbird”

I have just recently spotted a bee hummingbird in my front yard gathering nectar from a wildflower patch. My son and I thought it was a bumblebee at first. The thing is, I keep reading that they haven’t been found in my area. I live in central texas, just 15 miles east of Austin.

I have never known the bee hummingbird to be found in that area of the country. The bee hummingbird is commonly found in Cuba. What you saw was probably a type of moth that is often mistaken for a hummingbird.

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