Monday, July 30, 2012

Tuesday Tweets

Ruby-throated Hummingbird
 The ruby-throated hummingbird is the only species of humming bird that breeds in eastern North America. Their breeding range extends from the Atlantic coast out to the central portions of the continent and is the largest breeding range of any hummingbird in North America.Unlike most other small birds hummingbirds are not members of the order Passeriformes, or passerines. Hummers are actually part of the order Apodiformes, which translated from Latin means "footless". Hummers have very small legs that are covered with skill instead of scales like most other birds. Their small feet are only good for perching, they are not able to walk or jump. Hummers have relatively long wings with a short humerus bone, this give enables them to hover in place, their wings beating approximately 53 times per second.

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Gunilla said...

Beautiful! The hummingbirds seem so magical to me. Maybe it's because we don't have any here.

Rambling Woods said...

You know..I watch these guys at the feeder and stand in awe of the fact they migrated all that way and made it back is amazing..Michelle

Island Rambles Blog said...

excellent shot of the hummingbird...we have the Annas here all year round now! I see you have a facebook thingy...I will look in there.

Morianart said...

Beautiful capture. And so interesting about their small legs/feet!