Daily Postcard: Hummingbird Hovers In Quemazon

Daily Postcard: Hummingbird hovers in the sunshine ahead of a rain shower recently in Quemazon. Hummingbirds are birds from the Americas that constitute the family Trochilidae. They are among the smallest of birds, most species measuring 3-5 inches in length. Indeed, the smallest extant bird species is a hummingbird, the 2-inch bee hummingbird weighing less than .07 oz. They are known as hummingbirds because of the humming sound created by their beating wings which flap at high frequencies audible to humans. They hover in mid-air at rapid wing-flapping rates, which vary from around 12 beats per second in the largest species, to more than 80 in some of the smallest. Of those species that have been measured in wind tunnels, their top speed exceeds 34 mph and some species can dive at speeds more than 49 mph. Hummingbirds have the highest metabolism of any homeothermic animal to conserve energy when food is scarce, and nightly when not foraging, they can go into torpor, a state similar to hibernation, slowing metabolic rate to 1/15th of its normal rate of its normal rate. Source: Wikipedia. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Daily Postcard: Hummingbird spotted recently in Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell