Hummingbirds are like a fantasy animal to me – next to a unicorn or dragon. Why? This tiny little bird flaps its wings so fast my human eyes can only see shadows of movement. If I haven’t had the pleasure to see a few beautiful hummingbirds breezing around on a bright, sunny afternoon I wouldn’t say they’re underrated. But they really are amazingly beautiful animals! Totally underrated! Let pay this awesome creature a portrait and bring awareness to one of nature’s hardest working birdies!
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✏️ TOOLS FOR SUCCESS
- How-To-Draw Template – International (A4) or U.S. Size (8.5×11 in)
- Sketching Pencil
- Polymer Eraser
- Outline Marker
- Coloring Tools
🎨 Parents: The only tools you need for these how-to-draw tutorials are: eraser, pencil, and a piece of paper. But – if you have them around – a sketching pencil makes for fainter and softer lines that help kids build fine motor accuracy. I also recommend going over the sketch pencil with a black outline marker when you’re done for a neater finish. Lastly, erase the pencil marks before adding color.
Interesting Facts About Hummingbirds
- Hummingbirds have between 1,000 and 1,500 feathers, the world’s fewest number of feathers of any bird species.
- About 25 to 30 percent of the weight of a hummingbird is in its pectoral muscles. These are all the large muscles of the chest responsible mainly for flight.
- The average hummingbird weighs 3 grams.
- The heart rate of an average hummingbird is over 1,200 beats per minute.
- Hummingbirds digest natural sucrose, the sugar present in flower nectar, to turn the sugar into energy in 20 minutes with 97 percent effectiveness.
- Hummingbird is able to lick 10 to 15 times per second while feeding.
- The maximum forward flight velocity of a hummingbird is 30 miles per hour. In a dive, these birds can reach up to 60 miles per hour, and hummingbirds have many special flight adaptations.
- Hummingbirds are unable to walk or jump, but they may use their feet to scoot sideways while perched.
- The only birds which can fly backward are hummingbirds.
- Hummingbirds see several colors which, due to an additional cone in their eye. This allows them to see nonspectral colors and UV wavelengths that are invisible to the human eye.
- The estimated number of eggs that female hummingbirds have laid is only two.
- During the direct flight, a hummingbird beats its wings between 10 and 80 times per second. Wingbeats exceed 200 per second during courtship dives.
- The hummingbird eggs are smaller than a half dollar and compare in size to a jellybean or a coffee bean.
- Hummingbirds remember when they visited the flower, and where it is located, the volume and consistency of nectar.
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