Weather Related Dangers Faced by the Hummingbird

  • A heavy freeze can kill a hummingbird. Hummingbirds are among the smallest of all warm-blooded animals, and they also lack the insulating downy feathers that are typical for many other bird species. Due to their small body size and lack of insulation, hummingbirds rapidly lose body heat to their surroundings.
  • Extreme heat or drought can also result in the hummingbird dying as a result of dehydration.
  • If a heavy rain occurs while the hummingbird is flying over the Gulf of Mexico, the resulting heavy rain has  been known push the hummingbird into the water causing the bird to drown.
  • Heavy winds have been known to blow the hummingbird into obstacles such as thistles and thorns thus causing the bird great damage.

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