Hummingbirds flap their wings quickly because it helps them to hover, which lets them move from flower to flower and eat up all the delicious nectar they need! They also don’t have strong legs and feet, so it’s beneficial to hummingbirds to have quick flapping wings that let them get up into the air to do all of their moving (as opposed to a little bit of walking). – Can you imagine what it would be like to always move around by flying?!
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Do you know what a hummingbird’s favorite food is? – It’s nectar! The sugary nectar is helpful to the hummingbird, who definitely uses up a lot of energy with all of its flying!
What are the favorite foods of some other birds you’ve learned about??
Sources & links
Wang, Jane. “Hummingbirds tread air in flight.” Ask A Scientist! 22 Mar. 2000. Cornell Center for Materials Research. 26 Aug. 2011 “Hummingbird: Characteristics.” Journey North. Learner.org. 26 Aug. 2011 “Interesting Hummingbird Facts.” Hummingbirds Forever. 26 Aug. 2011 “How Do Birds Fly?” Explore Nature ”“ Gallery Interactives. 2009. Canadian Museum of Nature. 26 Aug. 2011