This little cutie is a Vervain Hummingbird. Considered the second smallest bird in the world after the bee hummingbird, the Vervain is around 6cm long and weighs just 2g.
It is so small that you might mistake it for a bumblebee! Look out for its metallic green feathers on its back, and its hovering flight patterns. They also turn their head to the side when singing. Adorable.
Hummingbirds are amazing fliers. They are the only birds on Earth who can spin their wings in a circle, allowing them to fly forwards and backwards, up and down, and side to side. Oh, they can also hover.
They have freaky high metabolisms. Hummingbirds have the fastest heart rates (1,200 times a minute in flight) and highest body temperatures of any animal in the world. This means they burn a lot of energy, and have to eat and drink very frequently. Like, every 10 to 15 minutes. (Gosh, I wish I were a hummingbird right now.) They drink eight times their body weight every day.
In a day, humans eat about 26 calories per kilogram. When hummingbirds are bulking up for migration, they will eat 14,000 calories per kg every day. That’s just insane. I’m around 60kg, so that would be the equivalent of me eating 840,000 calories in a day!