Humming birds inhabit a variety of temperate
and tropical habitats.
basic habitat requirement is the presence of
flowers. Many species are migratory, and
will travel over 2000 miles
North America to come to Costa Rica.
The hummingbird has the highest metabolic
rate of any bird. Its pulse
can exceed 1,200 beats a minute. Thus it
needs to eat a lot. the
hummingbird consumes up to 850% of its own
weight in food and water
day. At night, they go into "hibernation,"
lowering their body
and metabolism to conserve energy.
True loners, hummingbirds only relate to the
opposite sex for a few
when they mate. Many are fiercely
territorial. If you live here, you'll
witness a spectacular aerial battle between
males defending their
They take territories rich in flowers that
females are attracted to,
will get ample food in exchange for "mating"
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Hummingbirds in Costa Rica
are more than 300 species of hummingbirds in the
Americas (the family
and Costa Rica has 51 of these stunning birds. They
are named for the
made by the beat of their wings, which is faster
than your eye can
at up to 100 times per second. §
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hummingbird's primary food is the high-energy nectar
from flowers. For
they will also occasionally eat spiders and flying
You'll see hummingbirds hovering over flowers as
they extract nectar
insects with their long, hollow, and extensile
tongues forked at the
Unique among birds, they can generate power on both
the forward and
wing strokes and thus fly backwards. §