Ralph Crawford 

Hummers 1 & 2...

Hummingbirds are the smallest birds in the world and only located in the Western Hemisphere, ranging from southeastern Alaska to southern Chile. Most species live in the tropics. There are more than 300 species of hummingbirds, 12 of which summer in North America and winter in tropical areas..  They have colorful feathers with iridescent feathers. They flap their wings so fast, about 80 times per second, that they make a humming noise. Hummingbirds can fly right, left, up, down, backwards, and even upside down. They are also able to hover by flapping their wings in a figure-8 pattern. They have a specialized long and tapered bill that is used to obtain nectar from the center of long, tubular flowers. The hummingbird’s feet are used for perching only, and are not used for hopping or walking.