What is the Heart Rate of a Hummingbird?

Have you ever wondered just what is the normal heart rate of a hummingbird?  If so, then I have the answer for you.  The answer actually depends on whether or not you are referring to when the hummingbird is normally active or in a state of torpor.  A normally active hummingbird will have a heart rate of 1260 beats per minute.  When in a state of torpor, which is a state very similar to hibernation, the hart rate of a torpid hummingbird will be between 50 -180 beats per minute.

Isn’t it amazing the difference in the heart rate depending of the activity level of the bird?  It certainly came as a surprise to me when I first discovered this.  I hope that you will find this information to be both interesting and informative at the same time. 

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