Most Interesting Facts about Hummingbirds

They are Acrobats Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly in different directions. They can hover forward, backward, sideways, in mid-air, and even upside-down!

They have a Huge Appetite Hummingbirds have a very fast metabolism, which is nearly 100 times faster than that of an elephant.

Only Females Tend to the Young Female hummingbirds only lay two eggs and are responsible to build the nest. The young hummingbirds will stay in the nest for about 3 weeks.

They Migrate Every Year Even though hummingbirds are the smallest birds in the world, their migrations can span hundreds or thousands of miles. While there are more than 300 hummingbird species, only a handful of them regularly migrate.

They are Fast Don’t judge them by their size as hummingbirds have speed and stamina. They have been clocked in direct flights at about 30 mph and in courtship dives at 45 mph.

They take Time to Rest With its very fast speed, hummingbirds know how to relax too. They are one of the few species that experience a very deep sleep or "torpor".

They are Not Social Creatures Hummingbirds do not fly as a flock but rather individually during migration. They also compete for their food sources. But the mating season is the most interesting as these cute little birds turn into feisty fighters.

Big Brains Hummingbirds have 4.2% brain weight, compared to 2% for humans. Hummingbirds recall their migration patterns, including the yard and flowers they visited the year before, according to several studies.