Hummingbird and Columbine
A female broad-tailed hummingbird looks for nectar from a columbine. Found throughout the mountainous west, broad-tails are 4” in length, with the female being larger than her more colorful counterpart. Hummingbirds are probably the most acrobatic of birds, with the ability to fly forwards, backwards, sideways, and even upside down. They can average 55 wing beats a second, a heart rate of 1,260 times a minute and a resting breath of 250 times a minute. But all of this comes with a price, hummingbirds must consume half their weight in sugar each day. This is roughly equal to having to feed for 45 seconds at a time, 5 to 8 times and hour.
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