Fascinating Facts About Hummingbirds

The traits that make hummingbirds tick.

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  1. Large eyes pick up as many colors as human eyes do, plus ultraviolet light
  2. Lead edges of wings create tornado-like vortexes to help with hovering
  3. Tongues act as thin pumps that contract to draw in nectar
  4. Dainty feet for perching only; hummingbirds 
don’t walk or hop
  5. Sturdy tail feathers 
used like rudders to make hairpin turns
  6. A rufous hummingbird sips nectar from a Pride of Madeira bloom

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