Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds are the smallest of all birds, measuring between 2.5-8 inches.

There are between 330 and 352 species of hummingbirds in the New World, most of which are found in the tropics. There are no hummingbirds in the Eastern Hemisphere.

There are 112 species of hummingbirds in all of the North America, with 26 species observed north of Mexico. 17 of these have bred in the United States and Canada, 12 have been observed in California.

The Ruby-Throated hummingbird is the only hummingbird that breeds east of the Mississippi River.

Ruby-Throated hummingbirds are so lightweight that you could mail 8 of them for the price of a 41-cent stamp.

It would take 150 average-sized male hummingbirds to equal 1 pound.

This tiny flyer weighs about as much as a U.S. penny, yet manages to complete a non-stop flight over the Gulf of Mexico during migration - a distance of some 500+ miles.

Hummingbirds beat their wings at a rate of 40-80 per second and fly 30 miles per hour.

Hummingbirds are the only species of birds that can truly fly backwards and upside down. Their wings move in a figure-eight pattern, allowing them to hover and fly in all directions.

The heart rate for a hummingbird is between 500 and 1260 beats per minute during the day and drops to below 50 during the night.

Females build their nest and rear young without any help from the males.

While hummingbirds enjoy nectar from feeders and flowers, a large part of their diet is also made up of insects.

To survive, hummingbirds must drink almost twice their weight in nectar every day.

Most hummingbirds fly south for the winter.  Many hummingbird species may be seen during the winter season. Leave at least one feeder out in the winter and you may play host to one.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for the festival, please contact us at Woodford Hummingbird Festival.