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Fascinating Hummingbird Facts for the Avid Bird Watcher

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If you are an avid bird watcher, your collection of feeders will not be complete until you have invested in hummingbird feeders. At JC’s Wildlife, we have an assortment of different hummingbird feeders, including feeders that attach right to your window. Hummingbirds are beautiful and fascinating little creatures. Brightly colored and incredibly light, we can never get get enough of watching these little birds. For you bird watchers who are interested in learning a little bit more about hummingbirds, we have searched birding.about.com for some fun facts and information about these unusual birds.

Hummingbirds Cannot Walk or Hop- While hummingbirds can use their feet to scoot side to side, they cannot use them to walk or hop. Over time, their feet have evolved to become smaller so their bodies could be lighter. This allows for more efficient flying.

Hummingbirds Weigh Next to Nothing- Most everyone knows that hummingbirds are very light birds. However, did you know that the average ruby-throated hummingbird weighs only 3 grams? This means that the average hummingbird weighs less than a nickel, which weighs in at 4.5 grams!

Hummingbird Feathers are Not Colored- The bright colors you see on a hummingbird are not from feather pigmentation. Their feathers are actually iridescent and the colors we see can vary depending on the light, moisture levels, as well as other factors.

It is no wonder why we love watching these birds! They are truly unique and amazing creatures. Don’t bypass the chance to observe the beauty of nature that surrounds you. At JC’s Wildlife, we offer wonderful bird feeders and houses that are sure to encourage them to pay you a visit! 

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