The September issue of Zoobooks is all about hummingbirds. Here are some fun hummingbird facts to ponder:

* Did you know that hummingbirds live an average of 3 to 5 years?…pretty long for such a small animal. Some live up to 10 years!

* The smallest hummingbird is the bee hummingbird. It often weighs under 2 grams.

* A human would have to eat approximately 155,000 calories a day if he/she had  a metabolism like that of a hummingbird.

* Hummingbirds are nectarivores, meaning 95% of their diet comes from nectar (that’s a new word for your next game of scrabble!).

* Baby hummingbirds often start out looking for food by poking at hats, road signs and other colorful objects until they learn to focus on flowers.

* Hummingbirds often take several baths a day. They even use rocks or leaves as water slides.

* Hummingbirds eat a lot of spiders, but sometimes tarantulas will turn the tables and eat a hummingbird.

* Did you know that wearing hummingbird skins was once a fashion fad?  In 19th-century Europe it was quite the rage. Luckily the fad faded before hummingbirds went extinct.

* The hummingbird’s tongue is about the same length as its bill. The front half of the tongue is split and has fringed edges that help it soak up nectar fast.

Interested in attracting hummingbirds to your yard?  Check out these tips, http://www.hummingbirds.net/attract.html.

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