The Hummingbird


The hummingbird is a species of the bird family. It is usually less than 10 centimeters in length. In the smallest species, the wings can move up to 70 times for every second. It travels up to 60 mph at full speed.

MLA: Bruning, Donald F. "Hummingbird." World Book Advanced. World Book, 2013. Web. 24 Oct. 2013.

Birth and Care

A mother usually lays 2 eggs that will hatch into a hummingbird. They cannot see in the first stages of life, but after a few weeks, they will be able to see and their feathers will start to grow. The mother will catch insects and slurp nectar so she can regurgitate it to the young.

MLA: Baby Hummingbirds. World of Hummingbirds. 24 Oct. 2013. <>


A hummingbird gets its food from flowers that contain nectar or hummingbird feeders set by humans (filled with sugar water). It eats nectar and sometimes insects (such as small spiders).

MLA: “Hummingbird Feeding”. 1993. 28 Oct. 2013 <>

Where it Lives and Some of Its Habits

Hummingbirds live only in the Americas (as far as Canada, all the way to Chile at the very end of South America). Some of their habits are that they are very territorial over their food, they tend to migrate when the season is not good for flowers, and they can adapt to most environments (they can live anywhere from cities all the way to 14,000 ft mountains).

MLA: Evans, Laura. “Where Do Hummingbirds Live?” 2013. 28 Oct. 2013 <>

Its Enemies and How it Defends Itself

A hummingbird's enemies are cats, large insects, snakes, carnivorous birds, or owls. It can’t really defend it self. All it can do is try to run or fight off the predator with its needle like beak.

MLA: Mayntz, Melissa. “Hummingbird Predators”. 2013. 28 Oct. 2013 <>

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