The World’s Smallest Bird (Bee Hummingbird)

Would you like to see and know the smallest bird in the world? Only imagine a holiday perhaps on an island (Caribbean Sea) for you and your friends, and then you saw what looks like a big bee flying around some brightly coloured flowers. So, you decided to look closer to see what it was, you move slowly so that you don’t scare it off, and once you’re close enough, you’re shocked to see a little birdie.

Well, permit me to say, you’ve just spotted a Bee Hummingbird!

Bee Hummingbird

Bee Hummingbirds are often mistaken for bees. They weigh less than two grams - less than a dime. Bee hummingbirds which are mostly found only in Cuba is an absolute miniature, even among hummingbirds. The female builds a nest barely an inch across and her eggs are about the size of a coffee bean.

One amazing fact about Bee Hummingbird is the fact they can flap their wings at a rate of 80 beats per second and can fly upside down and backward, cool right? Even their heart rates are fascinating, they are considered one of the fastest in the animal kingdom with a heart rate of 1,260 beats per minute. Imagine that!

The entire head and throat of the males shine in pinkish-red, and blazing red feathers point like spikes down the sides of the breast. Hmmm, a sight to behold! They are territorial and will aggressively chase other nectar-feeding animals, including birds, moths, and bees, from feeding territories.

You might be wondering how do these tiny birds scare away the competition at such a small size?

Well, they intimidate with skill, showing off daring aerial displays of flying prowess which is really interesting.

The body of the bee hummingbird works to keep its petite statue in the air. Their buzzing metabolism allows them to spend more time flying than other hummingbirds.

Bee hummingbirds beat their tiny wings 200 times in the span of second, out-flapping other hummingbirds who hover around 80 beats per second.

Feeding: Like other hummingbirds, they consume mainly nectar, while they eat insects such as mosquitoes and spiders, as well. These birds consume up to half their body weigh in food on a typical day and will help pollinate up to 1,500 flowers in just 24 hours.

Bee Hummingbirds Mating: How do male bee hummingbirds attract females? Well, when it comes to making a romantic connection, they have a rather annoying way of attracting a mate( to the human ear, at least). Singing males form acappella group called “leks” during the breeding season hoping to impress the ladies. Men always like to show themselves…Lol.

Their sounds may not be that amazing, consisting mostly of a few warbles or receptive peeps (the same note again and again), but being in a group seems to work for them. Sadly, like so many great acts before them, once they successfully find partners, these musical combos quickly break up.

Female bee hummingbirds which are a little bigger than the male bee hummingbirds build nests the size of a quarter and lay one or two pea-sized eggs each year. These eggs are the size of a garden pea and are then laid and incubated for approximately three weeks.

Bee hummingbird babies are always born blind without feathers, and leave the nest around 18-24 days after hatching, once their wing feathers have fully formed.

NB: The bee hummingbirds are small birds only found in few places on earth.

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Thank you for this article, its really interesting. I would like to see one physically to know how small they really look.

Hello @Khrisbukz, thanks for the feedback. Stay tuned!