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Family Trochilidae 

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Habitat

Humming birds inhabit a variety of temperate and tropical habitats. Their basic habitat requirement is the presence of sufficient nectar producing flowers. Many species are migratory, and will travel over 2000 miles from North America to come to Costa Rica.

Food

The hummingbird has the highest metabolic rate of any bird. Its pulse rate can exceed 1,200 beats a minute. Thus it needs to eat a lot. the white-eared hummingbird consumes up to 850% of its own weight in food and water each day. At night, they go into "hibernation," lowering their body temperatures and metabolism to conserve energy.

Breeding

True loners, hummingbirds only relate to the opposite sex for a few seconds when they mate. Many are fiercely territorial. If you live here, you'll probably witness a spectacular aerial battle between males defending their territories. They take territories rich in flowers that females are attracted to, she will get ample food in exchange for "mating" favors.

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Hummingbirds in Costa Rica


There are more than 300 species of hummingbirds in the Americas (the family Trochilidae), and Costa Rica has 51 of these stunning birds. They are named for the hum made by the beat of their wings, which is faster than your eye can detect at up to 100 times per second.  § continued below ...



 

Cinnamon Hummer

 

The hummingbird's primary food is the high-energy nectar from flowers. For protein, they will also occasionally eat spiders and flying gnats.

You'll see hummingbirds hovering over flowers as they extract nectar and insects with their long, hollow, and extensile tongues forked at the tip. Unique among birds, they can generate power on both the forward and backward wing strokes and thus fly backwards.  §

 

Steely-Vented Hummer

 

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