Tuesday 11 June 2024

Sword-Billed Hummingbird

 


Well, hello everyone this week’s freaky creature is the Sword-Billed Hummingbird, the only bird to have a beak longer than its body.

This sword-wielding bird has a perfectly designed beak to feed on flowers with tubular nectar chambers. Its lance-like beak is so long as its tongue.

It measures from its tail to its beak tip at around 24cm, it is one on the world’s largest hummingbirds. While it feeds its wings beat fast in 8 shaped movements while the tail is cocked.

The hummingbird is very agile in the air and performs beautiful flight displays, especially during matting season.

It is native to the Andes Mountains of the north-west coast of South America. They have an average lifespan of 5yrs.

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