Ruby Throated Hummingbirds

Essay by cyntiaavingerJunior High, 7th gradeA+, June 2006

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Hummingbirds are one of the cutest and cuddliest birds in the world. Many people think the last thing hummingbirds would be named after is what type of noise they make. The reason people really call them hummingbirds is because their wings can beat up to seventy-five times per second, but a ruby throated-hummingbird can beat its wings up to 700 times per second, and therefore they are known as hummingbirds. The wings then create a humming sound. Archilochus Colubris is the scientific name of the ruby throated hummingbird. This means "chief among birds (Archilochus) and snake (Colubris)."

Ruby-throated hummingbirds are 3 to 3 ¾ inches in length. The wingspan is not definite but it is predicted to be 4 or 4 ¾ inches. Females and males vary in characteristics such as physical appearance, and body structure. Males are one of the smallest mammals in the world. Females have to be bigger than the males so the females can lay eggs, share their food and share body heat.

The ruby-throated hummingbird is in the Animalia kingdom which means it is an animal. It is believed that the evolution to about nineteen other species was inspired by the ruby-throated hummingbird.

Hummingbirds live in habitats where there are lots of flowers, forests, gardens, and city parks. During the warm summer weathers hummingbirds are likely to live in open woods and in the freezing winters they tend live in tropical areas. Although the birds enjoy living in cool tropical areas, they live where they think the flower's nectar is very delicious. While the ruby-throated hummingbird does not really have significance, it is believed when the hummingbird takes nectar, then pollination occurs, "the plant grows big and strong." Hummingbirds spend most of their time flying around. Their ability to fly so fast and to change...