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The truth about hummingbirds is far weirder than any fiction. Even when I dealt with them on a daily basis as a wildlife vet tech I was constantly amazed. So, without further fanfare, I present you with a random collection of seven hummingbird facts to enliven your evening.
*Hummingbirds are very ferocious and territorial. Males will claim areas of up to 1/4 acre. They have been known to attack not only other hummingbirds but also images of hummingbirds, jays, crows, and even birds of prey.
*Hummingbirds do everything fast. Even mating only takes about 4 seconds.
*Hummingbirds do migrate, but they do it under their own power, not with the help of any waterfowl. They can cover about 25 miles a day, and can even cross open ocean and desert, a surprising sight for oil rig workers who have been buzzed by the tiny birds miles off the coast.
*Hummingbirds have the highest brain to body size ratio of any bird in the world
*Dinosaurs are not extinct. Hummingbirds are one of the most highly specialized modern forms.
*Hummingbirds are the smallest type of bird in the world. The bee hummingbird is the tiniest and weighs only 2g.
*Hummingbirds can enter a state called torpor that resembles a miniature hibernation period but can be mistaken for death. Occasionally they will hang upside down during this time.