Be careful not to prune these small Hummingbird nests

Hummingbirds are small and beautiful birds. There are many hummingbird species are there. Among them, some of the species are endangered. They are tiny and fragile birds. They are only a few inches long, and their eggs are smaller than jelly beans.

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You can spot the eggs easily. They are tiny and about the size of jelly beans. Remember to check them carefully before you trim trees and shrubs.

34 species (10%) of them are listed as “critically endangered,” and it means that they have a 50/50 chance of extinction within the next decade.

To survive them it’s our duty to keep an eye out for their tiny nests.

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Usually, the nests are built on a branch with a downward slant, and often you will find them on a branch hanging over running water or open space, according to The Hummingbird Project.

The nests are made out of spider webs, lichen, and plant matter, meaning they are extremely delicate. The lichen also does a good job of camouflaging.

Hummingbird nest, Yucatan, Mexico / Wikimedia

On average, the Hummingbirds flap their wings between 50-80 beats per second. It makes a literal blur to the human eye.

If you have ever seen a hummingbird’s wings flapping, it’s usually because the video has been slowed down or the hummingbird is landing.

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Their metabolism is speedy as their wings, and weight can change drastically over the day as they eat and burn up energy. Because of this, Hummingbirds consume anywhere between half to 8 times of their weight in sugar daily. The average Hummingbird feeds 5-8 times per hour. They spend a lot of their waking day for feeding.

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Their hearts can beat over 1200 times per minute. Compared to the human, whose average heart beats around 80 times per minute, it means every time our heart beats once, the hummingbird heartbeats 20 times! That is crazy!