Introducing the New TopCashback

TopCashback New Brand Logo

We are very excited to announce the release of our new updated brand. After many years with our existing brand and "£" character which has served us well; representing the highest cashback rewards to our members. Our new brand represents the next phase in our journey and the reason for the change; it was felt that we needed a brand that now reflected our tremendous growth both in the UK and Internationally.

Our starting point was to reflect on what we represent as a company. Our mission has always been to help our members get better value and better savings when they shop. As a company all of us work very hard on this, striving to find new ways to give members more and find the best deals.

We do it because of who we are — we’re made up of people just like our members; people passionate about finding innovative ways to save money, earn rewards and find great deals. And that makes us very different to anyone else doing this job. It drives us to be helpful, honest and relentless in delivering our promise to put our member’s interests first.

Behind the Brand

We wanted a brand that reflected our core values:

- Working tirelessly to bring members the sweetest deals

- Agility in a competitive environment

- Conducting ourselves ethically

- Acting charitably and generously

- Innovativeness and showing leadership in the field

It’s a tough task for sure!   

We set out to create a meaningful global brand identity that encourages all members and staff to share our story with one powerful voice. In other words, TopCashback to look, sound and feel as great as we actually are.

Behind the scenes we went through much iteration of logos and then we hit on the idea of a hummingbird.

Why a hummingbird?

A hummingbird symbolises great determination, agility, flexibility and most of all works hard to get to the sweetest treats. With their wings beating rapidly they have incredible energy, can fly backwards and side to side making them a unique bird.

Can we live up to the qualities this amazing bird represents? We think we can and do.

We hope our new brand and colours are a visual representation of what we stand for. Which distilled to its essence is the people’s champion of cashback rewards.

We look forward to the next phase of our journey with both our millions of current loyal members and welcoming new TopCashback members under our wings.

Competition Time

To celebrate the exciting new look, we’re giving away £1000 to one lucky winner and £250 to two of our runners up for just answering this simple question.

What fun facts can you tell us about Hummingbirds?

Answer in the comments section of this blog. Please note, you must be signed in to your TopCashback account to comment on the blog, if you don’t have one, you can sign up on the Home Page.

See Competition Terms and Conditions

Posted on 26 May 2015  |  Posted in  Cashback Diary
Comments
cathy_payment
Love the new branding! Keep up the great work Topcashback.
  04 Feb 18 - 09:33
Member1037577383510
With no feather the average humming bird is of the size of a bumble bee
  20 Oct 16 - 21:28
sp8328
There's a tiny bird that hovers, to feed at the lip of a flower,
This hummingbird, though small as a bee, possesses a miniature power.

(Yanomamo)
  22 Jun 15 - 21:06
carolfreeeman2000
Humming birds have determination,agility and flexability ,just like me
  20 Jun 15 - 08:59
sakisspahos
Hummingbirds do not suck nectar through their long bills, they lick it with fringed, forked tongues.
  18 Jun 15 - 18:16
ianclewett
Hummingbirds are great at generating lift, precision controlled flight and beautiful plumage… But when it comes to generating cash, they're rubbish. Which is why we all need to use TopCashback - the best of both worlds.
  16 Jun 15 - 12:01
cleverbee
There are some hummingbirds that are so tiny and small that there are reports that they've been caught by praying mantis and dragonflies; been nabbed by frogs; become trapped in spiderwebs and even stuck on thistles!
  10 Jun 15 - 09:40
tylerjameswinters
Despite their tiny size, the ruby-throated hummingbird makes an annual migration, flying over 3000km from the eastern usa, crossing over 1000km of the Gulf of Mexico in a single journey to winter in Central America.
  07 Jun 15 - 18:19
bambinos293
The humming bird was invented in 1973 when John Humming and the umpire Dickie Bird successfully mated a hover fly with a Blue Jay after a drunken evening in Hebden Bridge
  05 Jun 15 - 12:49
TishoG
They are among the smallest of birds.
  04 Jun 15 - 14:52
elom
Hummingbirds have no sense of humour
  04 Jun 15 - 00:02
jessky922
They don't hum.
  03 Jun 15 - 23:57
9167334026
They can fly from side to side, making them unique as they are the only bird which can do this.
  03 Jun 15 - 23:47
Phlpdx
Hummingbirds obtain all their nutrients from the insects that they eat, not the nectar.
  03 Jun 15 - 23:34
kittycat31uk
They have feet so tiny that they cannot walk on the ground, and find it awkward to shuffle along a perch.
  03 Jun 15 - 23:31
Pajxd
Hummingbirds consume approximately twice their weight in nectar each day.
  03 Jun 15 - 23:29
JanR21
Hummingbirds can fly backwards !
  03 Jun 15 - 23:27
Kayde
Hummingbirds drink with their tongue by rapidly lapping up nectar.
  03 Jun 15 - 23:26
zooomer
The Rufous hummingbird nests farther north than any other species, Alaska.
  03 Jun 15 - 23:24
lexiemac_89
Each species of hummingbird makes a different humming sound, determined by the number of wing beats per second!
  03 Jun 15 - 23:17
Prillerthriller
Hummingbirds do not actually hum....
In fact they have a very pleasant aroma!
Thank you, i'm here all week ??
  03 Jun 15 - 22:57
albatross
There are no wild hummingbirds in England!
  03 Jun 15 - 22:44
Lauralou_m
A hummingbirds metabolism is roughly 100 times that of an elephant!! - Wowzers!! They are also very smart and can remember every single flower they have been too - So impressed with that fact, i'm lucky if I remember what I was doing yesterday.
  03 Jun 15 - 22:42
Fluffyblueberry
Hummingbirds can see ultraviolet light.
  03 Jun 15 - 22:33
gunnerboy77
Hummingbirds are part of the TrochilidaeTrochilidae family
  03 Jun 15 - 22:27
tubbyj
Hummingbirds can flash their bright colors, as well as hide them when needed
  03 Jun 15 - 22:10
Mr_Graham_Burgess
Hummingbirds are so named because they stink.
  03 Jun 15 - 21:58
funkyfreks
Hummingbirds are the tiniest birds in the world.
  03 Jun 15 - 21:45
GinetteandWill
Their name refers to the humming sound made by their tiny, beating wings - each species creates a different humming sound
  03 Jun 15 - 21:33
Member623409813621
Hummingbirds wings rotate in a full circle
  03 Jun 15 - 21:33
smileyface24
Humingbirds can fly backwards!
  03 Jun 15 - 21:24
Catmadroo
Depending on the species, habitat conditions, predators and other factors, including threats to hummingbirds, the average lifespan of a wild hummingbird is 3-12 years.

Hummingbirds have no sense of smell but have very keen eyesight.

Hummingbirds do not suck nectar through their long bills, they lick it with fringed, forked tongues.

A hummingbird can lick 10-15 times per second while feeding.

Hummingbirds digest natural sucrose in 20 minutes with 97 percent efficiency for converting the sugar into energy.
  03 Jun 15 - 21:19
rolleypolleypud
Despite their small size, hummingbirds are one of the most aggressive bird species and will regularly attack jays, crows and hawks that infringe on their territory, and backyard birders often have one dominant hummingbird that guards all the feeders.
  03 Jun 15 - 21:10
sundial040
A hummingbird must consume approximately 1/2 of its weight in sugar daily, and the average hummingbird feeds 5-8 times per hour.
  03 Jun 15 - 21:01
KellieMc
My husband calls me his "hummingbird". He saw a documentary and said I was just like one.................... They make an irritating high-pitched squeak which "apparently" is alot like me.
  03 Jun 15 - 20:56
GRIFTERASASSIN
Hummingbirds cannot walk or hop, though their feet can be used to scoot sideways while they are perched. These birds have evolved smaller feet to be lighter for more efficient flying.
  03 Jun 15 - 20:33
buttv50
They have feet so tiny that they cannot walk on the ground, and find it awkward to shuffle along a perch.
  03 Jun 15 - 20:30
flagstones
The hummingbird family has the second greatest number of species of any bird family on Earth
  03 Jun 15 - 20:18
Member1213253184626
They are known as hummingbirds because of the humming sound created by their beating wings which flap at high frequencies audible to humans
  03 Jun 15 - 20:17
tishism
A hummingbird's brain is 4.2% Of its body weight, the largest proportion in the bird kingdom.
  03 Jun 15 - 20:14
strawberry_123
Hummingbird heart beats at 1,200 time per minute... Whoa!
  03 Jun 15 - 20:11
hellywellyt
Hummingbirds can see ultraviolet light
  03 Jun 15 - 19:39
melitan
Hummingbird feathers were made into jewellery.
  03 Jun 15 - 19:14
SiNewman
So having seen this I had to go and read up about them online.... A google search provided me with these gems!! Who knew Hummingbirds were so bloody fascinating!
Hummingbirds are the tiniest birds in the world.


Hummingbirds can flash their bright colors, as well as hide them when needed.


The bright radiant color on hummingbirds comes from iridescent coloring like on a soap bubble or prism.


A Gorget is the bright flashing colored feathers of the hummingbird's neck.


A hummingbird's brain is 4.2% Of its body weight, the largest proportion in the bird kingdom.


Hummingbirds are very smart and they can remember every flower they have been to, and how long it will take a flower to refill.


Hummingbirds can hear better than humans


Hummingbirds can see farther than humans.


Hummingbirds can see ultraviolet light.


Hummingbirds have little to no sense of smell.


A hummingbird will use its tongue to lap up nectar from flowers and feeders.


A hummingbird's tongue is grooved like the shape of a "w".


Hummingbirds have tiny hairs on the tip of the tongue to help lap up nectar.


A hummingbird's beak is generally shaped like any other bird beak, just longer in proportion to its body.


The edges of the hummingbird's top beak will overlap the edges of the hummingbird's bottom beak.


A hummingbird's bottom beak is slightly flexible.


Hummingbirds do not drink though their beaks like a straw. They lap up nectar with their tongues.


A hummingbird's heart beats up to 1,260 times per minute.


A Hummingbird's heart beats about 250 times per minute at rest.


A hummingbird's heart is 2.5% Of the total body weight.


A hummingbird will take about 250 breaths per minute while at rest.


A hummingbird's metabolism is roughly 100 times that of an elephant.


Hummingbirds have very weak feet and can barely walk. They prefer to fly.

Hummingbirds like to perch.


Hummingbirds spend most of their life perching.


The hummingbird's body temperature is around 107 degrees Fahrenheit.


Hummingbirds are on average 8.5 centimeters long from the tip of the beak to the tip of the tail.


A hummingbird can weigh anywhere between 2 and 20 grams.


A penny weighs 2.5 grams


30% Of a hummingbird's weight consists of flight muscles


Humans pectoral muscles are about 5% Of body weight


Female hummingbirds are usually larger than male hummingbirds.


An average sized hummingbird will have about 940 feathers.


Females find iridescent feathers attractive.


Hummingbirds do not mate for life.


Male hummingbirds do not help raise the young.


Female hummingbirds do all the nest building.


A hummingbird baby is generally smaller than a penny.


Females will lay a clutch of two eggs.


Baby hummingbirds cannot fly.


Baby hummingbirds will remain in a nest for three (3) weeks.


Most hummingbirds die in the first year of life.


Hummingbirds have an average life span of about 5 years.


Hummingbirds can live for more than 10 years.


The oldest known hummingbird was a Broad-Tailed Hummingbird that was captured and tagged 12 years apart.


Male hummingbirds are very aggressive and will chase another male hummingbird out of its territory.


A hummingbird wings will beat about 70 times per second.


Hummingbird's wings will beat up to 200 times per second when diving.


Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly both forward and backwards.


Hummingbirds can also hover in mid-air, fly sideways and even upside-down.


A hummingbird can fly an average of 25-30 miles per hour.


A hummingbird can dive up to 60 miles per hour.


A hummingbird's wings will rotate in a full circle.
  03 Jun 15 - 19:06
Cashback59
Hummingbird nests are built entirely by the female bird – Male hummingbirds do not have any part in raising chicks once the initial act of copulation is complete. The female, however, will spend several hours a day for 5-7 days collecting materials to build her nest.
  03 Jun 15 - 19:02
PenelopeHannibal
I am not going to look up facts on Hummingbirds as I feel it would be a dishonest way to answer, I will however say what I find fascinating about them.
Hummingbirds are one of the most amazing birds & One of my favourites. I think they have stunning plumage (as do Kingfishers & Peacocks) however due to there fantastic multi-directional hovering flight and long specialised beak they are especially lovely & I'd love to see on close up in real life. ??
  03 Jun 15 - 18:46
jacqroberts68
Despite being tiny hummingbirds are one of the most aggressive bird species and will regularly attack jays, crows, on their territory! Small bird syndrome.
  03 Jun 15 - 18:39
1510914458
They have feet so tiny that they cannot walk on the ground, and find it awkward to shuffle along a perch how cute!!! & The male takes no responsibility in rearing the young and may find another mate after the first brood hatches!! Bloody lazy tart!! Tee hee

Xx
  03 Jun 15 - 18:27
r0ver753
The hummingbird needs to eat twice it's bodyweight in food every day, and to do so they must visit hundreds of flowers daily!
  03 Jun 15 - 18:22
debsfran72
Hummingbirds, (Dependent on the species) can hover in midair by rapidly flapping their wings between 12–90 times per second
  03 Jun 15 - 17:35
Lempers
They have no sense of smell and can fly backwards
  03 Jun 15 - 17:33
Minxy595
The smallest bird in the world is the Bee Hummingbird. At only 2 inches long they're not much bigger than a bee, the eggs they lay are the size of a pea - unbelievable & Beautiful :)
  03 Jun 15 - 16:37
aspella
Hummingbirds have the highest metabolism of any homeothermic animal.
  03 Jun 15 - 16:23
carpathian
They can fly backwards and side to side that is so cool.
  03 Jun 15 - 16:20
salsquiggle
Hummingbirds can hear and see better than humans, but despite this they can't read.
  03 Jun 15 - 16:10
dancer2712
Hummingbirds cannot walk or hop, though their feet can be used to scoot sideways while they are perched.
  03 Jun 15 - 15:58
leahwallace
They can also fly backwards, and are the only group of birds able to do so.
  03 Jun 15 - 15:40
karenw49
Their heart rate can reach as high as 1,260 beats per minute!
  03 Jun 15 - 15:26
tfettuk
Hummingbirds have 1,000-1,500 feathers, the fewest number of feathers of any bird species in the world.
  03 Jun 15 - 15:26
Member103335166604
Hummingbirds lack a true song. Instead, they vocalise chirping notes. Most calls are short buzz trills and chirps. Hummingbirds' wings 'buzz' or make a whirring sound while the birds are in flight. This sound is referred to as a "wing whistle." Birds frequently vocalize to attract a mate.
  03 Jun 15 - 15:25
Chirag
It's a fantastic bakery which make superb cupcakes
  03 Jun 15 - 15:25
zafie
The heart of hummingbird can beat up to 1,260 times per minute! What fascinating creatures !
  03 Jun 15 - 15:24
ZoomerADS
Humming birds are only found in the Western Hemisphere.
  03 Jun 15 - 15:22
1552297018
Hummingbirds have no sense of smell
  03 Jun 15 - 15:11
nicoleloong
Hummingbirds can see ultraviolet light. Amazing!
  03 Jun 15 - 14:53
Member522985580001
Hummingbirds are the only birds capable of flying backwards as well as forwards.
  03 Jun 15 - 14:38
Sparklybikergirl
A hummingbird's brain is 4.2% Of its body weight, the largest proportion in the bird kingdom.
  03 Jun 15 - 14:25
793991835
They lay the smallest eggs of all birds- less than 1/2 long
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  03 Jun 15 - 14:24
Chigz
Aztecs wore hummingbird talismans :)
  03 Jun 15 - 14:18
epm84
Because hummingbirds fly backwards they are more likely to fly in to buildings than any other bird.
  03 Jun 15 - 14:16
Shydaylily
Humming birds are beautiful
  03 Jun 15 - 14:07
auds999
The hummingbirds scientific name is Trochilidae
  03 Jun 15 - 13:56
TheDickyBoy
Hummingbirds cannot walk or hop, though their feet can be used to scoot sideways while they are perched. These birds have evolved smaller feet to be lighter for more efficient flying.
  03 Jun 15 - 13:45
createbeauty
The male hummingbird takes no responsibility in rearing the young and may find another mate after the first brood hatches.
  03 Jun 15 - 13:44
Member221120270041
Hummingbirds do not suck nectar through their long bills, they lick it with fringed, forked tongues.
  03 Jun 15 - 13:37
Ripley92
A hummingbird can dive up to 60 miles per hour.
  03 Jun 15 - 13:20
whizzybop
I got married in St. Lucia and at our hotel while we were eating Al Fresco, the hummingbirds were right by us hovering. It was totally amazing to watch as we could have literally touched them, they are such beautiful creatures!
My fact from a St. Lucian is that hummingbird’S feet are for perching only they are not used for hopping or walking! :D
  03 Jun 15 - 13:15
Wheats142
The Hummingbird is in David Attenborough's list of 10 animals he would bring with him if he was Noah with an Ark.
  03 Jun 15 - 13:07
philb51
They can fly forward, backward, shift sideways & Stop in midair.
  03 Jun 15 - 13:07
Member918225515402
They can fly backwards :)
  03 Jun 15 - 12:54
lorrainej162
Hummingbirds can fly backwards!
  03 Jun 15 - 12:52
ami4levi
Hummingbirds have no sense of smell
  03 Jun 15 - 12:44
emilielovestea
Hummingbirds pollinate flowers by rubbing their forehead and face in each flower as they get the nectar.
  03 Jun 15 - 12:39
Member1219125185445
They can fly backwards.
  03 Jun 15 - 12:37
buzziebee99
Some hummingbirds are so small, they have been known to be caught by dragonflies and praying mantis, trapped in spider’S webs, snatched by frogs and stuck on thistles
  03 Jun 15 - 12:34
ColinJTod
A Hummingbird is the smallest creature ever to be used in a Topcashback brand logo!
  03 Jun 15 - 12:22
cozjustagirl
Their hearts beat at around 250 times per minute while at rest, about 1,220 per minute while flying.
I am very lucky to have seen one of these in the wild at Cyprus airport when I was younger. I used to be a huge bird geek, and it was super exciting to see one!
  03 Jun 15 - 12:06
sueb55
They are the smallest bird in the world yet they can fly up to 60 miles per hour.
  03 Jun 15 - 12:04
zoeeve
Hummingbirds have a very high metabolism: 'Small hummingbirds achieve the highest known mass-specific metabolic rates among vertebrate homeotherms.' (Suarez, 1992)
  03 Jun 15 - 12:00
junebabyjen
The hummingbird needs to eat twice its bodyweight in food every day, and to do so they must visit hundreds of flowers daily.
  03 Jun 15 - 11:26
kiwi16
Their name comes from the fact that they flap their wings so fast (about 80 times per second) that they make a humming noise :-)
  03 Jun 15 - 11:24
Member127817280012
Hummingbirds migrate. How can something so tiny do this?
  03 Jun 15 - 11:06
Member623393229614
The ruby-throated hummingbird has only approximately 940 feathers on its entire body.
  03 Jun 15 - 11:00
Arolland
Hummingbirds do not suck nectar through their long bills, but rather they lick it with fringed, forked tongues. They can lick 10-15 times per second while feeding!
  03 Jun 15 - 10:42
zeenie
Hummingbirds cannot walk or hop, though their feet can be used to scoot sideways while they are perched.
  03 Jun 15 - 10:29
funkybunny
Hummingbirds have no sense of smell!
  03 Jun 15 - 10:08
RCLEARY57
A hummingbird's brain is 4.2% Of its body weight, the largest proportion in the bird kingdom.
  03 Jun 15 - 10:07
wef1984
Hummingbirds are the tiniest birds in the world
  03 Jun 15 - 10:06
yasmine041
They fly backwards
  03 Jun 15 - 09:40
diva1977
At rest, a hummingbird takes an average of 250 breaths per minute.
  03 Jun 15 - 09:38
luijojo
Hummingbirds can fly backwards too
  03 Jun 15 - 09:30
silversand
Hummingbirds can flash their bright colours, as well as hide them when needed
  03 Jun 15 - 09:25
mandahul
The ruby-throated hummingbirds are the only know bird able to fly backwards
  03 Jun 15 - 07:48
seagull24
They can fly up to 60 mph
  03 Jun 15 - 06:50
mofurniss
The smallest species of hummingbird weighs about 2.2 grams and the largest weighs around 20 grams. The smallest of all is the Bee Hummingbird which is also the smallest bird in the world.
  03 Jun 15 - 04:18
lottiegirlxx
They can fly backwards
  03 Jun 15 - 04:04
Femi_The_Master
That they can fly backwards :-)
  03 Jun 15 - 03:34
LaSynergie
The smallest bird in the world is the Bee Humming bird which is only a mere 5cm! Humming birds get their name from the noise that their rapidly beating wings make and their wings beat up to 50 times a second! Hummingbirds while they are in flight have the highest metabolism of all animals (other than insects) - this is necessary to support the fast beating of their wings during hovering and fast forward flight. Their heart rate can be as high as 1260 beats a minute (bpm)! (A human heart rate is normally 60-100 bpm)
They consume more than their own weight in nectar every day and due to their very high metabolism, they are continuously only a few hours away from straving to death. They only just store enough energy to survive overnight and to conserve energy when they are not feeding or searching for food, overnight they go into a state of hibernation called Torpor where the metabolic rate slows down to 1/15th of the normal rate and their body temperature drops from 40C to 18C. Despite this state, humming birds lose about 10% Of their body weight over night. Despite having such a high metabolism, if they survive their first year, then they can live up to 10 years. Their eggs are tiny and can weigh as much as 10% Of the mother's weight. They really are fascinating, incredible birds!
  03 Jun 15 - 02:27
xemmax121
They can flap their wings at around 50 times per second, which enables them to hover in mid air :)
  03 Jun 15 - 02:08
ajh1907
The two inch long humming bird is the smallest specie of the world; it is Cuba’S bee bird.
  03 Jun 15 - 01:55
Tee_Jaye
It takes about 10 minutes for a fruit fly to pass through a hummingbird from one end to the other.
  03 Jun 15 - 01:39
MrRichTea
They are the smallest birds, can't walk & Flap their wings at 50 times a second! Impressive!
  03 Jun 15 - 00:17
maxxxximus
Hummingbirds are the only species of bird that can reliably fly both forward and backward with precision without relying on the assistance of wind.
  03 Jun 15 - 00:13
kimmy393
Hummingbirds are the only birds to fly backwards as well as forwards
  02 Jun 15 - 23:54
adam2306
They can fly backwards and I once saw one when I was on holiday in Florida but nobody else saw it and didn't believe me!
  02 Jun 15 - 23:48
Jen8
They can fly backwards. They are also beautiful - not sure if that can be classed as a fact.
  02 Jun 15 - 23:43
MoX
Hummingbird heart beats at 1,200 time per minute.
  02 Jun 15 - 23:34
misscoupon
Hummingbirds have no sense of smell.
  02 Jun 15 - 23:18
Dessallara
Hummingbirds are the smallest birds! ;O
  02 Jun 15 - 23:08
gillssurvey1
Hummingbirds can fly upside down and backwards. ????
  02 Jun 15 - 23:06
Member41935665740
Hummingbirds can see near ultraviolet light.
  02 Jun 15 - 23:04
daisyduck123
Hummingbirds do not suck nectar through their long bills, they lick it with fringed, forked tongues. A hummingbird can lick 10-15 times per second while feeding.
  02 Jun 15 - 23:01
Harper39
Hummingbirds can flash their bright colors and hide them when needed
  02 Jun 15 - 23:01
flapjak
Humming Birds are about the size of a cup of Tea , so sit back and let the Humming Bird do the flapping for you .
Flapjak.......
  02 Jun 15 - 22:57
morning_star
A hummingbird breathes 20 times faster than a human! (250 vs 12 breaths/Minute)
  02 Jun 15 - 22:57
embabes7
An average humming birds heart beats 1,200 time per minute compared to us humans which averages out at 60-100 bpm!
  02 Jun 15 - 22:54
jawulff
Hummingbirds are the smallest birds in the world
  02 Jun 15 - 22:52
Member711622357932
Apart from insects, hummingbirds have the highest metabolism of all animals due to the need to keep their wings rapidly beating. Because of this the hummingbird visits hundreds of flowers each day and consuming more than their own weight in nectar each day.
  02 Jun 15 - 22:49
joandmike81
They can fly at speeds exceeding 15 m/S or 54 km/H - that is faster than I have ever been on my road bike... Going downhill!!!! (And peddling too!)
  02 Jun 15 - 22:49
mamof3boys
Hummingbirds have feet so tiny that they cannot walk on the ground, and find it awkward to shuffle along a perch.
  02 Jun 15 - 22:40
Heidipiedy
They represent a very very yummy cupcake shop!!
  02 Jun 15 - 22:32
sarsar1234
Hummingbirds can fly backwards.....Wow
  02 Jun 15 - 22:31
Tonkatol
The eggs of a hummingbird are less than 1/2 inch long but can weigh the equivalent of 10% Of the mother's weight at the time the eggs are laid. The average lifespan of a wild hummingbird is 3-12 years.
  02 Jun 15 - 22:30
Fritha
Apparantly hummingbirds can see ultra violet light!
  02 Jun 15 - 22:28
Member1018608747447
Hummingbirds can grow up to 30ft in length beak to tail-feather!

Ok I made that up.

Hummingbirds can fly backwards.
  02 Jun 15 - 22:21
Caz1978
Hummingbirds can fly backwards! Who knew!?
  02 Jun 15 - 22:16
Member812137012136
The hummingbird can hover, fly forwards, backwards and even upside down
  02 Jun 15 - 22:11
Stephanie_Pitchers
Hummingbirds effectively hibernate at night when not foraging. This state of Torpor is to conserve energy and it slows their metabolism down to 1/15th of its normal rate.
  02 Jun 15 - 22:07
TLAF
They are known as hummingbirds because of the humming sound created by their beating wings which flap at high frequencies audible to humans
  02 Jun 15 - 21:58
TLAF
They are known as hummingbirds because of the humming sound created by their beating wings which flap at high frequencies audible to humans
  02 Jun 15 - 21:58
Blue___Nile
They are more than 325 hummingbird species in the world
  02 Jun 15 - 21:48
PGee47
Hummingbirds are part of the Trochilidae family.
  02 Jun 15 - 21:47
Paulos08
A hummingbird doesn't flap its wings. It rotates them in a figure of 8
  02 Jun 15 - 21:45
marcofoo
There is an adult toy named after the humming bird.
  02 Jun 15 - 21:36
d0nnasaur
Hummingbirds have no sense of smell!
  02 Jun 15 - 21:29
rugby76
They can fly backwards, isn't that amazing.
  02 Jun 15 - 21:27
GeorgiaLou
The Aztecs wore Hummingbird talismans. The Aztec God Huitzilopochtli is often depicted as a Hummingbird.
  02 Jun 15 - 21:26
missielizzie
Each species of hummingbird makes a different humming sound, determined by the number of wing beats per second.
  02 Jun 15 - 21:23
Gill_81uk
They can fly backwards and side to side
  02 Jun 15 - 21:23
pontsian
They are the only birds to be able to fly backwards
  02 Jun 15 - 21:21
lhl24
The Rufous Hummingbird flies 3000 miles from Alaska to Mexico twice a year!
  02 Jun 15 - 21:17
jaibaby84
They are not found outside the western hemisphere!
  02 Jun 15 - 21:16
mulgrove29
A hummingbird must consume approximately 1/2 of its weight in sugar daily, and the average hummingbird feeds 5-8 times per hour.
  02 Jun 15 - 21:13
Member1219104889841
They are fond of snapping small bugs and catching flying insects on the wing. These provide them with protein :)

Bonus joke: What do you get when you cross a humming bird with a cow?
A humburger :)
  02 Jun 15 - 21:12
Member812165992410
They love sugared water and look like they are trampollening when on the top of the bird feeder. I can watch them for hours fastinating.
  02 Jun 15 - 21:04
paulandrach
Jason Statham was somewhat annoyed by his hallucinations of a hummingbird in the film of the same name. Hummingbirds are not indigenous to the dark streets of London but they do add a welcome splash of colour!
  02 Jun 15 - 21:01
mumpetuk
Humming birds are the only birds that can fly backwards
  02 Jun 15 - 20:57
marrian87
... Bring him mud.
  02 Jun 15 - 20:51
cathryn1
Hummingbirds can lick 10 to 15 times a second while feeding
  02 Jun 15 - 20:49
dajohnston10
Hummingbirds cant get Top Cashback....Bet they wish they could
  02 Jun 15 - 20:45
Jamme19
My fact is that Hummingbirds drink Nectar like bees :)
  02 Jun 15 - 20:39
js19531
They can create a state of torpor.
  02 Jun 15 - 20:23
MrZammo
Hummingbirds are very smart and they can remember every flower they have been to, and how long it will take a flower to refill.
  02 Jun 15 - 20:23
mandypower123
Before migrating, the hummingbird stores a layer of fat equal to half its body weight.
  02 Jun 15 - 20:10
krislittlewood
Cool fact: Hummingbirds have the fewest number of feathers of any bird species in the world!
  02 Jun 15 - 20:09
marmite1972
When hummingbirds sleep they fall into hibernation-like torpor. Metabolism drops, temperature zooms to near-hypothermic levels and breathing slows so drastically that if you find a sleeping hummingbird you'd think it’S dead!
  02 Jun 15 - 19:57
tolly16
A hummingbird’S wings beat about 70 times per second, If you are lucky enough to photograph one use a flash, that way they will appear to be hovering in mid-air
  02 Jun 15 - 19:39
dirtypop
They can fly backwards as well as forwards
  02 Jun 15 - 19:32
feralgirl
Hummingbirds the only birds that have the ability to fly both forward and backwards!
  02 Jun 15 - 19:26
ser1
A hummingbird's bottom beak is slightly flexible. And can widen and bend lightly downward as the hummingbirds open their mouths.
  02 Jun 15 - 19:07
Thriftyfifty
They can fly backwards, and are the only group of birds able to do so.
  02 Jun 15 - 19:03
Kimberleyy
They can flap their wings up to 90 times per second!
  02 Jun 15 - 19:00
Kazmoduck
The male takes no responsibility in rearing the young and may find another mate after the first brood hatches. It is therefore not surprising that several male hummingbirds are scheduled to appear on future episodes of Jeremy Kyle. (That last part might not be entirely true.)
  02 Jun 15 - 18:56
VictoriaS
A hummingbird can lick 10 to 15 times a second while feeding
  02 Jun 15 - 18:56
hannahj1985
Ruby Throated Hummingbirds take 250 breaths per minute while at rest and Adult female Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are 15-20% Larger than adult males. Boom!
  02 Jun 15 - 18:30
Sweetnuttydogs
Scientific name: Trochilidae for hummingbird
  02 Jun 15 - 18:24
PhilB54
Some are so small, they have been known to be caught by dragonflies and praying mantis, trapped in spider’S webs, snatched by frogs and stuck on thistles
  02 Jun 15 - 18:16
ElisaW
Hummingbirds have no sense of smell
  02 Jun 15 - 18:13
jenniferwren101
There feets are so tiny they can't walk great not even on a branch so mostly fly
  02 Jun 15 - 18:05
WelshCAD
The hummingbird's body temperature is 8 degrees higher than a human’S!
  02 Jun 15 - 17:35
Tigga266
Hummingbirds do not suck nectar through their long bills, they lick it with fringed, forked tongues.
  02 Jun 15 - 17:25
ruth23
A hummingbird must consume approximately 1/2 of its weight in sugar daily
  02 Jun 15 - 17:19
bluecat35
Hummingbirds cannot walk or hop
  02 Jun 15 - 17:18
susandani
The smallest hummingbird is only 5cm long and weighs less than a penny!
  02 Jun 15 - 16:59
chinchilla
The hummingbird also is a common totem animal
  02 Jun 15 - 16:55
ukraines
Bumble bee humming bird is one of the smallest
  02 Jun 15 - 16:49
SKC
Hummingbirds are New World birds that constitute the family Trochilidae. #Fact!
  02 Jun 15 - 16:36
Kiota
There are more than 325 hummingbird species in the world.
  02 Jun 15 - 16:20
Shazgo
Humming birds cand fly backwards and side to side. Amazing
  02 Jun 15 - 16:18
gavrc
They are very, very small. Tiny even. Compared to an elephant they are miniscule, but elephants can't fly.
  02 Jun 15 - 16:02
Elleceebee
Hummingbirds have 1,000-1,500 feathers, the fewest number of feathers of any bird species in the world.
  02 Jun 15 - 15:59
billyboychrisd
Hummingbird is an anagram of humming bird
  02 Jun 15 - 15:17
jakesmum
Hummingbirds cannot walk
  02 Jun 15 - 15:02
lissajlee
Amazing!
  02 Jun 15 - 14:50
lizthewhiz
The hummingbird weighs less than a us penny - 2.5g
  02 Jun 15 - 14:49
Pantsy
....Is hip hop.
  02 Jun 15 - 14:45
gogetum
Male Hummingbirds do not mate for life, do not help raise their young and
Females do all the nest building. Their iridescent feathers attract the females
Or the males can hide them when needed. A fascinating species.
  02 Jun 15 - 14:29
Member24918679714
A hummingbird's brain is 4.2% Of its body weight, the largest proportion in the bird kingdom.
  02 Jun 15 - 14:24
xanadu2
The average size hummingbird has 940 feathers.
  02 Jun 15 - 14:07
ccamden
A hummingbird's brain is 4.2% Of its body weight
  02 Jun 15 - 14:05
abzshak
Hummingbirds can't actually walk or hop.
  02 Jun 15 - 13:41
chunksmom
Hummingbirds radiate like hot coals, The colours that reach your eyes are created by pigment, which absorbs some colours and rejects others. Like soap bubbles, the hummingbird's colour comes from iridescence, not pigment. It blinks on and off, depending on the light source and the angle of the viewer. This allows hummingbirds to flash colours or hide them, used by males to impress females and threaten other males.
  02 Jun 15 - 13:29
manduck
Hummingbirds can't walk.
  02 Jun 15 - 13:29
tylerx45
The hummingbird’S feet are used for perching only, and are not used for hopping or walking
  02 Jun 15 - 13:25
bebbied
Hummingbirds is a great name for an female acapella group
  02 Jun 15 - 13:15
hownowbrowncow
A hummingbird takes an average of 250 breaths per minute.
  02 Jun 15 - 12:52
Malayla
Some are so small, they have been known to be caught by dragonflies and praying mantis, trapped in spider’S webs, snatched by frogs and stuck on thistles.
  02 Jun 15 - 12:38
xloulou72x
A Hummingbird has as many wing beats per minute as TopCashBack has Merchants!
  02 Jun 15 - 12:33
sugg42
A hummingbird must consume approximately 1/2 of its weight in sugar daily, and the average hummingbird feeds 5-8 times per hour.
  02 Jun 15 - 12:11
jdefroand
A hummingbird's brain is 4.2% Of its body weight, the largest proportion in the bird kingdom.
  02 Jun 15 - 12:05
binna
Hummingbirds flap their wings on average 80 times per second!
  02 Jun 15 - 11:38
Sammoss123
Each species of hummingbird makes a different humming sound, determined by the number of wing beats per second
  02 Jun 15 - 11:19
cake17uk
A hummingbird can lick 10-15 times per second while feeding.
  02 Jun 15 - 10:46
tjs10
Some species of hummingbird are so rare that they have been identified only from the skins exported to Europe.
  02 Jun 15 - 09:48
JBH316
Hummingbirds can't walk or hop
  02 Jun 15 - 09:46
Member111417784717
They have a short, high-pitched squeaky call.
  02 Jun 15 - 09:39
Bazzingapest
The average ruby-throated hummingbird weighs less then a penny. 3 grams compared to 3.56 grams for a penny
  02 Jun 15 - 09:31
sandra63
Each species of hummingbird makes a different humming sound determined by the number of wing beats per second.
  02 Jun 15 - 09:10
libra10
A hummingbird must consume approximately half of its weight in sugar each day, and the average hummingbird feeds 5 to 8 times per hour. Greedy bird!
  02 Jun 15 - 08:20
angiehoggett1
Hummingbirds do not drink through their beaks, like straws, but lap nectar with their tongues. Despite their passion for nectar, hummingbirds are carnivores. If you observe them with binoculars you can often see them catching insects.
  02 Jun 15 - 08:03
philiboy
The ruby-throated hummingbird has only approximately 940 feathers on its entire body.
  02 Jun 15 - 07:52
Member321919809305
Because the hummingbird consumes it's body weight in nectar and bugs, it is constantly dripping urine
  02 Jun 15 - 05:40
spanglisher
Despite their tiny size, the ruby-throated hummingbird makes a remarkable annual migration, flying over 3000km from the eastern usa, crossing over 1000km of the Gulf of Mexico in a single journey to winter in Central America
  02 Jun 15 - 03:32
tinkertink2010
Hummingbirds do not suck nectar through their long bills, they lick it with fringed, forked tongues - Sexy!!!
  02 Jun 15 - 02:19
mogsey5
The average hummingbird beats its wings 80 times a second
  02 Jun 15 - 02:07
RebeccaS0121
Tiniest birds in the world that eat almost twice their weight in food every day, hungry bunch aren't they? Lol and the way they fly sounds so fun, up and down, sideways, backwards and they can hover, pretty cool. If I were a bird, I might want to be a hummingbird now
  02 Jun 15 - 00:23
Lornsaha
The bright radiant color on hummingbirds comes from iridescent coloring like on a soap bubble or prism.
  01 Jun 15 - 23:45
jeffrey700
Early Spanish explorers called hummingbirds flying jewels
  01 Jun 15 - 23:13
Elbarfam3
A hummingbirds brain is 4.2% Of its total weight, a bee hummingbird weighs just 2.5grams and there are 325 different species of hummingbird and they are truly beautiful.
  01 Jun 15 - 23:04
Member522770780034
Humming birds are the smallest birds in the world and they can fly in all directions....
  01 Jun 15 - 22:37
Member522983768036
Hummingbirds can fly backwards!
  01 Jun 15 - 22:36
gk245
A hummingbird can lick 10-15 times per second while feeding
  01 Jun 15 - 22:18
ksouthcott
The hummingbirds name comes from the fact that they flap their wings so fast they make a humming noise
  01 Jun 15 - 22:09
inyosi
Each species of hummingbird makes a different humming sound, determined by the number of wing beats per second.
  01 Jun 15 - 21:56
carriemac
Their name comes from the fact that they flap their wings so fast (about 80 times per second) that they make a humming noise.
  01 Jun 15 - 21:47
Peepsmum
Have 1,000-1,500 feathers, the fewest number of feathers of any bird species in the world.
  01 Jun 15 - 21:33
athenajm
They can fly backwards and have to eat twice their bodyweight in food every day to survive
  01 Jun 15 - 21:23
Jess_LP
Hummingbirds can see ultraviolet light (also used for checking cash) and have a groove in their tongue shaped like a w....( Winners)
  01 Jun 15 - 21:16
Member82845904739
A hummingbird's metabolism is roughly 100 times that of an elephant.
  01 Jun 15 - 21:13
Kaylz2604
A hummingbird's brain is 4.2% Of its body weight, the largest proportion in the bird kingdom and they are the smallest species of bird, we have a few birds that visit our garden and my two year old daughter loves watching them feed from our feeder no humming birds though lol xxx
  01 Jun 15 - 21:11
cav8uk
Before migrating, the hummingbird stores a layer of fat equal to half its body weight.
  01 Jun 15 - 20:57
DEBBIED83
They eat and drink nectar from flowers!! Xx
  01 Jun 15 - 20:50
lucky3133
The average size hummingbird has 940 feathers.
  01 Jun 15 - 20:39
hmdsport
Male hummingbirds change their tunes to attract mates
  01 Jun 15 - 20:37
xaphan77
An anagram of hummingbird is grind him bum :p
  01 Jun 15 - 20:32
dragongirlmaz
Hummingbirds lay the smallest eggs of all birds. They measure less than 1/2 inch long.
  01 Jun 15 - 20:03
Metzymems
The calliope hummingbird is the smallest bird species in North America and measures just 3 inches long. The bee hummingbird is the smallest species and measures 2.25 inches long.
  01 Jun 15 - 19:53
alex621
Hummingbirds can see ultraviolet light
  01 Jun 15 - 19:49
BKH
A hummingbird must consume approximately 1/2 of its weight in sugar daily....Now that's what I call a sugar rush! ;)
  01 Jun 15 - 19:46
matphil
Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly both forward and backwards. They can also hover in mid-air, fly sideways and even upside-down.
  01 Jun 15 - 19:24
becki118
Like my other half, hummingbirds needs to eat twice their bodyweight in food every day!!
  01 Jun 15 - 19:00
m0ss0p1
Hummingbirds are very smart and they can remember every flower they have been to, and how long it will take a flower to refill.
  01 Jun 15 - 18:10
KAYKEE
Humming birds are the smallest birds in the world and they can fly in all directions!!
  01 Jun 15 - 18:03
Member31866084908
Hummingbirds are capable of slowing their metabolism at night or any time food is not readily available
  01 Jun 15 - 17:48
jandoc
They have no legs
  01 Jun 15 - 17:44
allen10
Hummingbirds can fly both backwards and upside down - Show offs!
  01 Jun 15 - 17:28
goodbuy
Their eggs are the same size as ostrich eggs.
  01 Jun 15 - 17:24
katiesam77
A hummingbird's feet are so small that they can't walk on the ground.
  01 Jun 15 - 17:23
cporteus
Hummingbirds are generally not afraid of humans, so can live in cities or countryside
  01 Jun 15 - 16:16
kelda_shelton
The Aztec god of war Huitzilopochtli is often depicted as a hummingbird. It was also believed that fallen warriors would return to earth as hummingbirds and butterflies.

Topcashback is at war against full price for anything - so quite apt really :p
  01 Jun 15 - 16:09
simone11
Hummingbirds can fly upside down what must they see thats so exciting
  01 Jun 15 - 16:04
pixi_1008
25-30% Of a hummingbird’S weight is in its pectoral muscles, the muscles principally responsible for flight
  01 Jun 15 - 15:47
Keshimonster
A hummingbird can lick 10-15 times per second while feeding
  01 Jun 15 - 15:24
UKGary
A hummingbird can lick 10-15 times per second while feeding!.
  01 Jun 15 - 15:13
kingcomplex
The hummingbird’S feet are used for perching only, and are not used for hopping or walking.
  01 Jun 15 - 15:04
mdewdney
Hummingbirds have 1,000-1,500 feathers, the fewest number of feathers of any bird species in the world.
  01 Jun 15 - 14:38
MLNM
Hummingbirds have 1,000-1,500 feathers, the fewest number of feathers of any bird species in the world.
  01 Jun 15 - 14:25
jeannie404
They can actually fly upside down! That I need to see! :)
  01 Jun 15 - 14:04
JungleJohn
Hummingbirds hum as often as they beatbox or deliver spoken word performances

Every day's a school day!
  01 Jun 15 - 13:43
cinders59
They have no legs
  01 Jun 15 - 13:06
mclarkiee
The scientific name for the Humming Bird is Trochilidae
  01 Jun 15 - 12:33
towercity
Their flight muscles take up about a quarter of their body weight.
  01 Jun 15 - 12:05
juicycapoochie
Hummingbirds love getting into scraps with other birds. Even though they're teeny tiny they aren't afraid to start on bigger bids, like crows, jays and hawks if they feel like their territory is being infringed upon. They don't care, they'll just go for it like the little scrapers they are. Real Game of Thrones stuff in the avian world. Totally true fact in my own words.
  01 Jun 15 - 11:55
792849112
Before migrating the hummingbird stores a layer of fat which equals half its body weight
  01 Jun 15 - 11:48
meepmeep
Some hummingbird hearts beat 21 times a second! - But as it only lives 5 years it will still only beat the same number of times as a human heart.
  01 Jun 15 - 11:41
Biddy2512
Hummingbirds eat nectar for the most part, although they may catch an insect now and then for a protein boost.
  01 Jun 15 - 11:36
Lbewick1980
They are among the smallest of birds, most species measuring in the 7.5–13 cm.
  01 Jun 15 - 11:23
craigs1973
They are the only species of birds who can fly backwards!
  01 Jun 15 - 11:09
Escot1999
Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly both forward and backwards. They can also hover in mid-air, fly sideways and even upside-down.
  01 Jun 15 - 11:06
rejcomp
They're small but tasty!
  01 Jun 15 - 10:43
vidfletch2001
The largest Hummingbird is the Giant Hummingbird (Patagona Gigas) which is about the same size as the European Starling. It's about 10 times heavier than the smallest, the Bee Hummingbird. It's found throughout the length of the Andes Mountains in South America in countries such as Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Chile and Argentina. It's quite a dull coloured bird compared to most Hummingbirds. With it's larger wings it has been seen to glide in flight, something other Humminbirds cannot do.
  01 Jun 15 - 10:42
mr_tg
On the island of Dominica (not the Dominican Republic), there is road called Hummingbird Avenue. It got this name due to the fact that every morning hummingbirds "have their breakfast" from the plant varieties on this avenue. Four types of hummingbirds visit Dominica and due to visiting family friends who moved out there, I got to see some in the flesh. =D
  01 Jun 15 - 10:34
BEVIE
Male hummingbirds are reported to have achieved speeds of almost 400 body lengths per second when swooping in an effort to impress females.  Whereas the male human sometimes has 400mg of alcohol in their body and and are flopping when they attempt to impress a femail
  01 Jun 15 - 07:31
hearmon
Gorget is the bright flashing colored feathers of the hummingbird's neck.
  01 Jun 15 - 07:30
chr1sb3ll
Well, they have 2 wings.....Usually covered in feathers!
  01 Jun 15 - 06:52
horne1965
Hummingbirds cannot walk or hop, though their feet can be used to scoot sideways while they are perched. These birds have evolved smaller feet to be lighter for more efficient flying.
  01 Jun 15 - 06:44
melon_one
A hummingbird’S brilliant throat color is not caused by feather pigmentation, but rather by iridescence in the arrangement of the feathers and the influence of light level, moisture and other factors.
  01 Jun 15 - 06:32
Member1118888595553
The bright radiant colour on hummingbirds comes from iridescent colouring like on a soap bubble or prism.
  01 Jun 15 - 06:25
Pamneil4343
Hummingbirds have no sense of smell but have very keen eyesight.
  01 Jun 15 - 04:41
Member1213218186327
Hummingbirds consume more than their own weight in nectar each day, and to do so they must visit hundreds of flowers daily. Hummingbirds are continuously hours away from starving to death and are able to store just enough energy to survive overnight.
  01 Jun 15 - 01:09
katieskatie82
There are over 300 species!
  01 Jun 15 - 00:41
Jodyleighrowlands
They can fly sideways, upside-down and even hover in mid-air. In order to do this they don't flap their wings like a normal bird, but they rotate their wings in a full circle - Thus making it hard to get a good photo of them! Hahaaa :)
  01 Jun 15 - 00:33
dan1931
The beat of their wings is so rapid, up to 55 times a second, that a "humming" sound is produced, and the wings appear blurred. They are the only bird species that can fly backwards, or even upside down.
  01 Jun 15 - 00:04
suejok
They have very long tongues which they use to lick their food at the rate of up to 13 licks per second
  31 May 15 - 23:30
francescacoles
A hummingbird must consume approximately 1/2 of its weight in sugar daily.
  31 May 15 - 23:24
agfarmer
Tcb have a new logo don't you know.... Guess what bird it is?!
  31 May 15 - 23:07
thekiwibex
They make great cupcakes! But seriously, thought this was a good fun fact from Wikipedia: "When courting, the male ascends some 35 meters before diving over an interested female at a speed of 27 m/S, equal to 385 body lengths/Second, producing a high-pitched sound."
  31 May 15 - 23:02
torso
Hummingbirds can't sing..... But luckily they can chirp .... Yay!
  31 May 15 - 22:53
bulletbex
A hummingbird wings will beat about 70 times per second.
  31 May 15 - 22:45
comperbee
Wow I cant find a fact that someone hasn't already mentioned..So i'll just say that the male bee hummingbird it the smallest bird.
  31 May 15 - 22:41
aaagh
A hummingbird’S brain makes up 4.2 percent of its weight; proportionally, that’S the largest of any bird's.
  31 May 15 - 22:35
HannahLI
A hummingbird’S brilliant throat color is not caused by feather pigmentation, but rather by iridescence in the arrangement of the feathers and the influence of light level, moisture and other factors.
  31 May 15 - 22:08
anna13
Hummingbird kids when they are born are about a size of the human nail.
  31 May 15 - 21:57
sparkle58
There are more than 300 species of hummingbirds, 12 of which summer in North America and winter in tropical areas.
  31 May 15 - 21:55
suecole64
A hummingbird must consume approximately 1/2 of its weight in sugar daily, and the average hummingbird feeds 5-8 times per hour
  31 May 15 - 21:44
12429311754
A hummingbird can lick 10-15 times per second while feeding
  31 May 15 - 21:39
IzzyJo
Cg hummingbirds were used in the film hummingbird with jason statham. Which was rather good. Funnily enough you don't normally get real hummingbirds in scuzzy soho areas!
  31 May 15 - 21:18
wanker99
The hummingbird will attack cows, cattle and other animals that are on their territory.
  31 May 15 - 21:15
batteni
Hummingbirds can remember each and every flower they visited!
  31 May 15 - 21:11
junkitmo
Their super fast wing beats use up a lot of energy, so they spend most of the day sitting around resting.
  31 May 15 - 21:03
greenfrog
Hummingbirds can fly both forward and backwards, hover in mid-air, fly sideways and even upside-down. I believe this is unique to them.
  31 May 15 - 21:02
Jamie_M
A hummingbird has a huge tongue. It allows it to lick it's food up to 13 times a second!

Ice creams wouldn't last long.
  31 May 15 - 20:56
TheKiss
A hummingbird can rotate each of its wings in a circle, allowing them to be the only bird which can fly forwards, backwards, up, down, sideways or sit in sheer space.
  31 May 15 - 20:38
rusty58
•Their English name derives from the characteristic hum made by their rapid wing beats
  31 May 15 - 20:01
Beccawte
Hummingbirds have the highest metabolism of any homeothermic animal.
  31 May 15 - 19:43
_EID_
At rest, a hummingbird takes an average of 250 breaths per minute
  31 May 15 - 19:39
Member119212732329
A baby hummingbird is smaller than a penny (how cute is that!)
  31 May 15 - 19:26
Marty673
Hummingbirds have feet so tiny that they cannot walk on the ground, and find it awkward to shuffle along a perch.
  31 May 15 - 19:15
MikeCambridge
With 343 species, hummingbirds make up the Western Hemisphere's second largest family of birds.
  31 May 15 - 19:12
mumtowoo
Humming birds can slow their metabolism
  31 May 15 - 19:06
DJHutson80
Hummingbirds are the only bird that can fly backwards
  31 May 15 - 18:58
Sueparrotparrot
Hummingbirds digest natural sucrose in 20 minutes with 97 percent efficiency for converting the sugar into energy.
  31 May 15 - 18:54
FREE_MONEY
Hummingbirds are very smart and they can remember every flower they have been to, and how long it will take a flower to refill.
  31 May 15 - 18:46
2015nb
Some hummingbirds are so small, they have been known to be caught by dragonflies and praying mantis, trapped in spider’S webs, snatched by frogs and stuck on thistles
  31 May 15 - 18:40
helzbea
Every Hummingbird owns at least one Adidas tracksuit.
  31 May 15 - 18:27
Stuffit
Hummingbirds can live a decade or more in the wild.
  31 May 15 - 18:25
thompa
There are over 300 species!
  31 May 15 - 18:25
baguette
Hummingbirds make rubbish postal workers
  31 May 15 - 18:23
clairew137
Hummingbirds are small, colorful birds with iridescent feathers.
  31 May 15 - 18:18
david10101
Hummingbrids are cute
  31 May 15 - 18:15
echapman1979
At rest, a hummingbird takes an average of 250 breaths per minute
  31 May 15 - 17:20
iTG
The male takes no responsibility in rearing the young and may find another mate after the first brood hatches.
  31 May 15 - 17:18
Maestro
As all the facts about the bird have just about been covered i'd like to mention the Hummingbird cake. It's full of fruit ;bananas, mangoes, pineapple, passionfruit & Orange........Very tasty indeed!!!
  31 May 15 - 17:16
Elaine303
Despite several "sightings", wild Hummingbirds are not found in Europe. The very similar looking Hummingbird Hawk Moth is often the cause of this mistaken identity.
  31 May 15 - 16:22
Leannemoore
There's more then 300 species .
  31 May 15 - 16:19
glennybegood
A single hummingbird has been known to consume over eighty-five-thousand tubs of HäAgen-Dazs in a single sitting. That's 20% And 12% More than a lyrebird and woodpecker could respectively.
  31 May 15 - 15:59
alino
A gang of vicious hummingbirds mobbed me in Arizona when I was wearing a bright yellow jumper.
  31 May 15 - 15:28
cliff1258
It costs £7.25 for a ticket to see the Hummingbirds at The Garage in London on the 6/6/15 at 8pm.
  31 May 15 - 15:17
TigerFox
It's the only small bird that can be seen from outer space! One of the Nazca Lines in Peru depicts a hummingbird.
  31 May 15 - 14:53
TerryLondon
They taste nice in a white wine sauce
  31 May 15 - 14:51
PaulFlan
Hummingbirds cannot walk or hop, though their feet can be used to scoot sideways while they are perched.

A hummingbird’S maximum forward flight speed is 30 miles per hour, though the birds can reach up to 60 miles per hour in a dive
  31 May 15 - 14:38
Member127823813134
They can more or less fly anyway you could imagine and there are more than 300 species
  31 May 15 - 14:33
Member127823813134
They can more or less fly anyway you could imagine and there are more 300 species
  31 May 15 - 14:32
cluckyhen
A hummingbird must consume approximately 1/2 of its weight in sugar daily, and the average hummingbird feeds 5-8 times per hour.
  31 May 15 - 14:25
PsychobillyGigGuide
They are the smallest bird in the world
  31 May 15 - 14:10
jibby26
There are more than 325 hummingbird species in the world
  31 May 15 - 14:07
heaneb1
The smallest bird species is the 5-cm bee hummingbird, weighing less than a u.S. Penny (2.5g).
Hummingbirds have the highest metabolism of any homeothermic animal. To conserve energy when food is scarce, and nightly when not foraging, they go into torpor, a state similar to hibernation, slowing metabolic rate to 1/15th of its normal rate
  31 May 15 - 14:01
White_Lionel
They can't hum!
  31 May 15 - 14:01
hellenclark
Male hummingbirds, swooping in an effort to impress females, achieve speeds "faster than fighter jets",
Always the show off.....
  31 May 15 - 13:50
starrybee
Hummingbirds are the tiniest birds in the world
  31 May 15 - 13:48
sarah3875
Their English name derives from the characteristic hum made by their rapid wing beats.
  31 May 15 - 13:41
molehilli
Most hummingbirds don't sing, but one of the two species that do-Anna's (Calypte anna) hummingbirds-produce a sputtering song to mark the males' territorial boundaries.

A study on their territorial songs described the song as several sets of "chi chi chi" followed by "kwee chik chik" and, when the researchers recorded and played the song that marked the male Anna's hummingbird's territory, it attracted more hummingbirds to the site....The ladies love a love song.<3
  31 May 15 - 13:37
hannah_e_young
Hummingbirds prefer brighter flowers because they have more sugary content than those with duller colours. Most flowers they feed from will be red because bees cannot see red that well and will choose other coloured flowers, this means more nectar for those greedy hummingbirds!
  31 May 15 - 13:35
maxdons
Hummingbirds eat twice their own weight in food every day. Their diet consists of nectar and small insects.
  31 May 15 - 13:25
susiewong1
A hummingbird can lick 10 - 15 times per second when feeding.
  31 May 15 - 13:20
11380980256
Many hummingbird species use spider silk and lichen to bind the nest material together and secure the structure. The unique properties of the silk allow the nest to expand as the young hummingbirds grow.
  31 May 15 - 13:10
gollygosh
A hummingbird's metabolism is roughly 100 times that of an elephant.
  31 May 15 - 13:07
fellmog
Many hummingbird species can breed together to create a hybrid - that makes identifying hummingbirds very challenging!
  31 May 15 - 12:43
reidy
The ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) is a species of hummingbird that generally spends the Winter in Central America and migrates to Eastern North America for the Summer to breed. It is by far the most common hummingbird seen east of the Mississippi River in North America.
  31 May 15 - 12:41
RubiSurvey
Hummingbirds can have a 97% Efficiency when digesting sugar to turn it into energy :)
And can do it only in 20 minutes!!
  31 May 15 - 12:40
Charlie777
Despite their small size, hummingbirds are one of the most aggressive bird species and will regularly attack other, bigger birds that infringe on their territory, I think this is a great reflection of TopCashback - small company, silently aggressive (or competitive!) Towards competition by offering members the greatest cashback offers. Great new logo, with a secret meaning! ;-)
  31 May 15 - 12:37
jh321
In the late 19th century, hummingbirds were sometimes stuffed and mounted on women's hand fans
  31 May 15 - 12:37
cactuschild
When a hummingbird dives, it can reach speeds of up to 60mph
  31 May 15 - 12:24
RedDeadDan
Hummingbirds can fly upside down!
  31 May 15 - 12:23
SianDrew
The bronzy hermit hummingbird gathers silk from a spiders web and weaves a pocket to cradle her young.
  31 May 15 - 12:21
taralw1988
There are 325 Hummingbird species. They cannot walk or hop. They have the smallest eggs of all birds.
  31 May 15 - 12:15
ChrisB73
A hummingbird can lick 10-15 times per second while feeding.
  31 May 15 - 12:13
Bogul
Hummingbirds can fly backwards
  31 May 15 - 12:04
sunnydoo
Each species of hummingbird makes a different humming sound, determined by the number of wing beats per second.
  31 May 15 - 11:59
Rozzy_uk
The humming bird is the smallest and cutest bird in the world
  31 May 15 - 11:01
Rozzy_uk
The humming bird is the smallest and cutest bird in the world
  31 May 15 - 11:01
andytson
Humming birds can fly backwards.
  31 May 15 - 10:39
Member321323903147
Hummingbirds ...You need an awful lot of them to make a pie , stuffing them is a pain and as such they are reserved for the buffets of Russian oligachs and merchant bankers
  31 May 15 - 10:23
godspell
At night I dream of the hummingbird
Feel the beatings of its wings
And if you only had one choice my dear
Would you fly or would you sing?
  31 May 15 - 10:19
shinythingsuk
It has many mythological links. Arawacs thought it was the Hummingbird who brought tobacco (they called him the Doctor Bird - the national bird of Jamaica) whereas the Aztecs believed the hummingbird could protect from evil and were worn as earrings by the chieftains!
  31 May 15 - 10:18
gracekeegan
They can flap their wings 70 times a second.
  31 May 15 - 08:56
gadgetgem
Hummingbirds digest natural sucrose in 20 minutes with 97 percent efficiency for converting the sugar into energy.
  31 May 15 - 07:46
richy_rowley
The Hummingbird is not a uk native species
  31 May 15 - 04:18
DMESSER
The hummingbirds wing movements resemble insects such as dragonflies more than they do other birds. They create areas of low pressure not just beneath their wings but also above creating Low Pressure which is essential for lift. While other birds put effort into mainly pulling their wings down, hummingbirds do the same on the upstroke enabling them to hover in place.
Think moving your arms back and forth in a pool, force forward then force back super quickly, you'll stay in the same position. :D
  31 May 15 - 01:01
kacky
They're tongues are forked in the shape of a w so that they can lap up all that lovely nectar easily
  30 May 15 - 23:20
TechHead
Hummingbirds are very smart and they can remember every flower they have been to, and how long it will take a flower to refill.

Hummingbirds are the tiniest birds in the world.

A hummingbird's metabolism is roughly 100 times that of an elephant.
  30 May 15 - 23:11
gjuk40
Scientific name: Trochilidae
  30 May 15 - 22:12
becks213
Hummingbirds can also fly backwards, and are the only group of birds able to do so!
  30 May 15 - 22:12
f1princess85
With their hearts beating upwrds of 1200 times a minutes humming birds cn fly over 27 miles per hour and with their wings beating upto 70 times per second, and not only are they the only birds able to fly both foreward and backwards, they can also fly sideways and upside down making them the bird equivilent of the red arrows display team, which is a great coinsidence as they are known to prefer red flowers. But no matter what colour flower they visit they will remember it as they remember every flower they visit, which can be anything upto 1000 in a single day.
  30 May 15 - 22:02
wittymacs
Hummingbirds are New World birds that constitute the family Trochilidae. They are among the smallest of birds, most species measuring in the 7.5–13 cm (3–5 in) range. Indeed, the smallest extant bird species is a hummingbird, the 5-cm bee hummingbird, weighing less than a u.S. Penny (2.5g).
  30 May 15 - 21:44
tigertazz
The hummingbird with the longest known tail is native to Jamaica and is known as the Doctor Bird. Even more interesting is that it's the male who displays the tail which can be 2x as long as it's body
  30 May 15 - 21:40
redseagirlies
A hummingbird must consume approximately 1/2 of its weight in sugar daily, and the average hummingbird feeds 5-8 times per hour. I want to come back as a hummingbird!
  30 May 15 - 21:35
Member422688879159
They can fly backwards!
  30 May 15 - 21:18
ath007
Hummingbirds are capable of slowing their metabolism at night or any time food is not readily available, entering a hibernation-like, deep sleep state known as torpor
  30 May 15 - 20:57
barcoder
Hummingbirds are very small birds with a high metabolism. A great deal of energy is spent flying, so they must feed almost constantly. Hummingbirds can consume up to twice their body weight in nectar every day. They usually feed on nectar and insects. Hummingbirds actually lap up the nectar with their tongues.
  30 May 15 - 20:24
andybee21
Their super fast wing beats use up a lot of energy, so they spend most of the day sitting around resting. To save energy at night, many species go into torpor (a short-term decrease in body temperature and metabolic rate).
  30 May 15 - 20:15
Karen2105
They can fly backwards, and are the only group of birds able to do so.
  30 May 15 - 20:05
MhairiB1
The bill of the aptly named sword-billed hummingbird, found in the Andes Mountains, can reach up to 4 inches long, and it can be so heavy that the birds may perch holding their bills straight up. Or
Many hummingbird species, including Anna’S, black-chinned, Allen’S, Costa’S, rufous, calliope and broad-tailed hummingbirds, can breed together to create hybrid species, one fact that makes identifying hummingbirds very challenging
  30 May 15 - 19:58
The_Tusk
They're heart rate can be as high as 1,260 beats per minute!
  30 May 15 - 19:23
philipsw
Hummingbirds don't in fact hum. Unless they haven't had a shower for a long time...
  30 May 15 - 19:20
forestpete
And consume more than their own body weight each day!
  30 May 15 - 18:09
cheryl100
Hummingbirds cannot walk or hop, only scoot along sideways
  30 May 15 - 17:13
littleme96
An average sized hummingbird will have about 940 feathers.
  30 May 15 - 17:01
mpsandy
Hummingbirds can fly backwards.
  30 May 15 - 16:36
Haggismuncher2012
If you win £10,000 in a competition like I did, you can go to St Lucia and see Hummingbirds! Like I did!
  30 May 15 - 16:23
Lesley26
Hummingbirds have 1,000-1,500 feathers, the fewest number of feathers of any bird species in the world.
  30 May 15 - 15:22
vickilanc
They have feet so tiny that they cannot walk on the ground, and find it awkward to shuffle along a perch.
  30 May 15 - 14:16
Katkinnie
A hummingbird's brain is 4.2% Of its body weight, the largest proportion in the bird kingdom
  30 May 15 - 13:05
Fulhamdowster
In the uk there are no hummingbirds but there are Hummingbird Hawk Moths
  30 May 15 - 12:59
robbo86otm
Humming birds can fly backwards
  30 May 15 - 11:51
capybara
Hummingbird in Japanese is "hachidori" it means "bee bird" as the humming sound is akin to bees'.
  30 May 15 - 11:45
Annimousey
They have feet so tiny that they cannot walk on the ground, and find it awkward to shuffle along a perch.
  30 May 15 - 11:43
Cariad1963
When hummingbirds sight a beautiful female of the species the male dives down and can achieve speeds faster than a fighter jet - almost 400 times his body length per second! It was the u.S. Researcher, Christopher Clark who completed a study into their speed. Although he admitted that the jet engines can accelerate faster than these beautiful tiny suitors, their top speed was 'greater than a fighter jet with afterburners on, or the space shuttle during atmospheric re-entry'. Lady hummingbirds must be very flattered :)
  30 May 15 - 11:35
Member812080313013
Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backwards
  30 May 15 - 11:08
Joykaren
Humming birds can fly backwards.
  30 May 15 - 10:06
Smolder
They cannot walk or hop, though their feet can be used to scoot sideways while they are perched.
  30 May 15 - 09:59
Garfield69
Amazing birds! A hummingbird's brain is 4.2% Of its body weight, the largest proportion in the bird kingdom!
  30 May 15 - 09:47
wallysmum
Hummingbirds can fly right, left, up, down, backwards, and even upside down.
They can also hover by flapping their wings in a figure-8 pattern.
Their name comes from the fact that they flap their wings so fast (about 80 times per second) that they make a humming noise.
  30 May 15 - 09:44
ASansom
Can fly backwards
  30 May 15 - 09:30
aleppo
140 hummingbird species live in the Andes today
  30 May 15 - 09:21
amassalkhi
A hummingbird can lick 10 to 15 times a second while feeding.
  30 May 15 - 09:13
pusinky
They grow to around 8.5cm bill to tail
  30 May 15 - 09:02
perc
It is the only bird which can fly backwards
  30 May 15 - 07:36
wiffyboy1985
Only bird that can fly backwards :-)
  30 May 15 - 06:42
finleypop
Trinidad and Tobago is known as The land of the hummingbird
  30 May 15 - 06:13
suzrob1
They have feet so tiny that they cannot walk on the ground, and find it awkward to shuffle along a perch.
They have a short, high-pitched squeaky call..
  30 May 15 - 00:09
tfozzeruk
A hummingbird can lick 10-15 times per second while feeding. That's a lot of licking!
  29 May 15 - 23:43
bodders98
The Humming bird is the only bird that can fly backward and side to side.
  29 May 15 - 23:24
lvm2013mk
Hummingbirds can fly at speeds exceeding 15 m/S or 54 km/H.
  29 May 15 - 23:04
jonwarham1985
Hummingbirds are very smart and they can remember every flower they have been to, and how long it will take a flower to refill.
  29 May 15 - 22:37
kimnews
They can fly both backwards and forewards
  29 May 15 - 22:28
Member523306000703
Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly both forward and backwards
  29 May 15 - 22:24
Member523305945816
They can fly backwards
  29 May 15 - 22:22
Member523305876255
During courtship, the wingtips of the ruby-throated hummingbird beats up to 200 times per second
  29 May 15 - 22:20
Member523305686013
Female hummingbirds do all the nest building
  29 May 15 - 22:18
Member523305640755
Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly both forward and backwards
  29 May 15 - 22:12
Member918203963102
Hummingbirds get their name from the humming sound produced by their wings when flying
  29 May 15 - 22:04
Funkyferret
Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly both forward and backwards.
  29 May 15 - 21:06
lhogg92
There are no variations of the Hummingbird species found where I am from; the Shetland Islands. The environment is far too harsh for them to survive!
  29 May 15 - 20:51
gremlin666
True Fact - The Bee Hummingbird is the smallest and lightest known living bird in the world. Because of its small size, it is often mistaken for a honey bee, which hence its common name.
  29 May 15 - 20:24
davidarfur
Most hummingbird behaviour can be explained in terms of increasing energy efficiency
For example Hummingbird's have the highest metabolism of any homoeothermic animal, but they can conserve energy by entering a hibernation state when not foraging.
I follow the idea of increasing the efficiency, though in my pay check with the help from TopCashback
  29 May 15 - 19:45
welshy185
- Hummingbirds do not mate for life.
- Male hummingbirds do not help raise the young.
- Female hummingbirds do all the nest building.
  29 May 15 - 19:42
Ramraiderukk
During courtship, the wingtips of the ruby-throated hummingbird beats up to 200 times per second.
  29 May 15 - 19:30
Bayclove
A hummingbird can lick 10-15 times per second while feeding.
  29 May 15 - 19:22
Member523301603022
They taste great on a sandwich.
  29 May 15 - 19:20
benn3004
There are more than 300 species of hummingbird
  29 May 15 - 18:38
andybird
A hummingbird's favourite sweet is a humbug.
Its favourite river is the Humber.
Its favourite day of the week is Wednesday because it's the hump day.
It does not like to brag about all of its skills but chooses instead to let others talk of its talents. One could say it's humble!
Its favourite animal is the camel because they have humps!
  29 May 15 - 18:29
ataraxia56
Hummingbirds consume approximately half their weight in pure sugar
  29 May 15 - 18:24
Member912265133134
Hummingbirds have fewer feathers than any other bird species in the world.
  29 May 15 - 17:59
Member523299158602
During courtship, the wingtips of the ruby-throated hummingbird beats up to 200 times per second, as opposed to the usual wing beat of 90 times per second. When the female appears, her partner displays by flying to and fro in a perfect arc. The pair then dives up and down vertically, facing each other
  29 May 15 - 17:55
adrienne
Can't add to all those facts with anything new. But I saw my one & Only hummingbird in the wild in Nassau feeding on a beautiful Hibiscus bush. It was amazing to watch & Didn't seem bothered by me standing right next to it while it feasted. It was a truly wonderful experience that unfortunately only lasted for about 5 minutes
  29 May 15 - 17:46
jcm3344
In Nahuatl, the Aztec Indian language, spoken by the Nahua people living in Central America, the word for hummingbird is 'huitzilin' (pronounced 'wit-see-leen'). Words such as chocolate, tomato and avocado were all borrowed and adapted from Nahuatl, a language 1.5 million people still speak. I love hummingbirds so much I had one tattooed on my back in Mexico 20 years ago...And my adopted Mexican godson's middle name is Huitzilin - a poetic word for an inspirational idea (and boy)!
  29 May 15 - 17:41
natmicriv
Hummingbirds lay the smallest eggs of all birds. They measure less than 1/2 inch long but may represent as much as 10 percent of the mother’S weight at the time the eggs are laid.
  29 May 15 - 17:28
EmilyTheStrange
Hummingbirds must consume approximately half of their weight in sugar each day!
They can also breed with other types of hummingbirds to make hybrids!
  29 May 15 - 16:59
aaronsabin99
Each species of Hummingbird makes a different humming sound, determined by the number of wing beats per second...
  29 May 15 - 16:45
johnhd
They can fly backwards
  29 May 15 - 16:28
sheradelia
Spanish names for Hummingbirds descriptive of their behavior,
Chupaflor - meaning the Flower-sucker,
And Picaflor - which means Flower-nibbler,
As well as the more romantic Portuguese Beija-flor or Flower-kisser! :)
  29 May 15 - 16:14
Member119684961737
140 hummingbird species live in the Andes today
  29 May 15 - 15:59
Member522928877902
Did you know hummingbirds are migratory birds and before migrating, the hummingbird stores a layer of fat equal to half its body weight. I'm surprised they manage to get to where they are going with all that extra weight.
  29 May 15 - 15:38
BRUCES
The Hummingbird Hawkmoth mimics the Hummingbirds behaviour hovering over flower nectar. It is often mistaken for the Hummingbird, which is never seen in the wild in Europe, but look closely - the Hummingbird Hawkmoth is given away as an insect by it's antennae.
  29 May 15 - 15:36
Kemik
1. They have no sense of smell
2. During migration, some hummingbirds make a non-stop 500 mile flight over the Gulf of Mexico.
3. The hummingbird has a heart rate that can reach up to 1,260 beats per minute.
  29 May 15 - 15:36
vinayhegde
1.With the exception of insects, hummingbirds while in flight have the highest metabolism of all animals, a necessity in order to support the rapid beating of their wings during hovering and fast forward flight
2. During flight, oxygen consumption per gram of muscle tissue in a hummingbird is approximately 10 times higher than that seen for elite human athletes.
3.Hummingbirds consume more than their own weight in nectar each day.
  29 May 15 - 15:31
emmans
I present you with the top 5 facts I found about hummingbirds:

1. One species of hummingbird is the smallest bird species
2. They can change their metabolic rate (don't we all wish we could do that)
3. They eat flower nectar
4. A lot of hummingbird species use spider silk and lichen to make their nests
5. And finally... A lot of hummingbirds have bright plumage (yay for bright colours)

Thank you for encouraging me to learn about hummingbirds
:)
  29 May 15 - 15:27
andreapater
Hummingbirds consume more than their own weight in nectar each day, and to do so they must visit hundreds of flowers daily. Hummingbirds are continuously hours away from starving to death and are able to store just enough energy to survive overnight.
  29 May 15 - 15:26
JBDance_
They are among the smallest of birds, most species measuring in the 7.5–13 cm
A hummingbird's brain is 4.2% Of its body weight
Hummingbirds can see ultraviolet light.
A hummingbird's tongue is grooved like the shape of a w
Hummingbirds get their name from the humming sound produced by their wings when flying.
  29 May 15 - 15:19
calmacuk1
The county of Ecuador has the largest number of types or species of hummingbirds.
  29 May 15 - 15:13
Suze1402
They have efferscent wisdom and they are a symbolism of eternity, continuity, and infinity.
  29 May 15 - 15:02
CatP
A hummingbird's heart beats at over 1000 bpm during the day, but only around 50 bpm at night (varying by species) when they go into a torpor to conserve energy.
  29 May 15 - 14:48
TopCasbah
The Hummingbird Chorus from Puccini's Madame Butterfly was one of my mum's favourite tunes, and appeals to non-opera fans thanks to its lack of ear-piercing shriek-singing.

Though ironically, the bird in question is one of the least musical.
  29 May 15 - 14:28
nexus_234
Hummingbirds can control their metabolism to save energy at night, often dropping their temperature and heart rate, so that they can utilise more energy when needed.
  29 May 15 - 14:22
timmmers
Hummingbirds have the highest metabolism of any warm blooded animal, and they hibernate to save energy when food is scarce and go into a self induced torpor to slow that metabolism down.
  29 May 15 - 13:18
sammylea80
Hummingbirds are found only in the Western Hemisphere and grow to around 8.5cm bill to tail :)
  29 May 15 - 12:41
scott_safc
Hummingbirds are among the most agile of birds, able to fly in any direction, including upside down!! They can also hover by flapping their wings in a figure of 8 pattern. They have developed these incredible skills to enable them to reach the flower nectar, tree sap, insects and pollen which they depend upon for their survival. The only time a hummingbird uses it's feet is to perch, they don't walk or hop as many (most) other bird species do. All in all they are a startlingly unique (and beautiful) species!!
  29 May 15 - 12:14
Swish
Despite their small size, hummingbirds are one of the most aggressive bird species and will regularly attack jays, crows and hawks that infringe on their territory, and backyard birders often have one dominant hummingbird that guards all the feeders!
  29 May 15 - 11:45
jon51
There's a myth that hummingbirds migrate by riding on the backs of other birds (usually geese) but that's all it is - a myth.
Another myth is that hummingbirds don't have feet. They do, they just don't use them to walk!
  29 May 15 - 11:41
Trish
The bright flashing coloured feathers of the hummingbird's neck is a Gorget and they can flash their bright colours but also hide them.
  29 May 15 - 11:29
wynnie99
Hummingbirds have 1,000-1,500 feathers, the fewest number of feathers of any bird species in the world.
  29 May 15 - 11:10
Omar0121
Male hummingbirds are reported to have achieved speeds of almost 400 body lengths per second when swooping in an effort to impress females.
  29 May 15 - 10:33
caynsley
An average hummingbird's heart rate is more than 1200 beats per minute!
  29 May 15 - 10:28
jehodgson
The ancient Mayans believed that the Hummingbird was the Sun in disguise.

The Aztec Sun God Huitzilopochtli , whose name is often translated as "Southern Hummingbird" , was often depicted as a hummingbird.

Queen Isabella of Spain was once told that Hummingbirds were a cross between a bird and an insect!

Because Hummingbirds do not use their legs for walking, some people once believed that they had no legs!
  29 May 15 - 10:04
Matthewsullivan93
Hummingbirds sometimes migrate south, flying more than 600 miles across the Gulf of Mexico without stopping.
  29 May 15 - 09:51
mrahman96
A hummingbird can lick 10-15 times per second while feeding.
  29 May 15 - 09:41
reetyre
Hummingbirds have no sense of smell but they do have great eyesight.
We saw hummingbirds in central America, they are so fascinating I could watch them for hours at the nectar feeders...
  29 May 15 - 09:21
newgolddream71
Hummingbirds have 1,000-1,500 feathers, the fewest number of feathers of any bird species in the world.
  29 May 15 - 09:14
Seve13
Hummingbirds can fly backwards
  29 May 15 - 09:09
Member113979142325
They can fly backwards
  29 May 15 - 09:00
Helly987
Some are so small they are caught by dragonflies and praying mantis
  29 May 15 - 08:39
yasminew1
Despite them being tiny they are one of the most aggressive bird species and they regularly attack crows and hawks who venture into their territory!
  29 May 15 - 08:31
lolliplop
Hummingbirds are called ?? In Chinese :)
  29 May 15 - 08:28
Kayl0rz
Hummingbirds cannot walk or hop, though their feet can be used to scoot sideways while they are perched. These birds have evolved smaller feet to be lighter for more efficient flying
  29 May 15 - 06:50
ancientian
Hummingbirds are able to keep their head stable in a steady breeze as well as a breeze varying by as much as 15 percent. A high tech small drone can only cope with up to a 7 percent change in breeze.
  29 May 15 - 01:00
gedge
They have the fastest wing beats of any bird and their hearts beat up to 1,260 beats per minute.
  29 May 15 - 00:30
mgmazz
The hummingbird beats it’S wings about 70 times per second.
  29 May 15 - 00:24
mickle232
Do not Hum
  28 May 15 - 23:41
angelarose
A hummingbird will visit an average of 1,000 flowers per day for nectar.
  28 May 15 - 23:24
jewels84
The high metabolism necessary to sustain its rapid wing beat and energetic movements means that an adult ruby-throated hummingbirds may eat twice its body weight in food each day
  28 May 15 - 22:56
cheekymunkey13
A hummingbird takes an average of 250 breaths per minute!
  28 May 15 - 22:54
fionamcnab
They are tiny and beautiful!
  28 May 15 - 22:49
palspal
The ruby-throated hummingbird: Trochilus Colubris Bird (TCB) is migratory.

During migration, some birds embark on a nonstop 900 mile journey across the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean from Panama to the Gulf Coast. On its journey the TCB flies in all directions, even backwards and upside down collecing amrita.
  28 May 15 - 22:46
fruitbuns
Their metabolism can slow to 1/15 of normal.
  28 May 15 - 22:38
Kimb82
A hummingbird egg is about the size of a coffee bean. And the adult weighs less than a penny!
  28 May 15 - 22:07
caperora
Hover like an eagle, flap faster than wasps, light as feather,hummingbird glamour!
  28 May 15 - 21:53
bluebubblerose
A hummingbird’S heart rate is more than 1,200 beats per minute.
  28 May 15 - 21:52
muse
They have featured on q.I.
  28 May 15 - 21:48
mememe23
Hummingbirds can hear better than humans
  28 May 15 - 21:38
kittykomp
Hummingbirds are New World birds that constitute the family Trochilidae
  28 May 15 - 21:12
sarahme
A Hummingbird has to visit at least 1,500 flowers a day in search of nectar because of this great expenditure of energy just to stay warm and maintain its heart rate. I'm not sure I could even visit 1,500 websites in a day..!
  28 May 15 - 20:57
michlob
Hummingbirds are tiny feathered ninjas who can fly in more directions than Willy Wonka’S glass elevator.... Also, according to scientists, they’Re better than fighter planes.
  28 May 15 - 20:55
Hayz1986
Why is a hummingbird called a hummingbird?
Because they can't sing!! :-)
  28 May 15 - 20:42
valkyrja
Their name comes from the fact that they flap their wings so fast (about 80 times per second) that they make a humming noise.
  28 May 15 - 20:36
Darkangel1981
Their super fast wing beats use up a lot of energy, so they spend most of the day sitting around resting. To save energy at night, many species go into torpor (a short-term decrease in body temperature and metabolic rate).
  28 May 15 - 20:30
KingCampo10
A Ruby-throated Hummingbird weighs a ridiculously tiny 0.62 grams when it first hatches. That means a nest of five Ruby-throated Hummingbirds weighs less than a one pence coin!! (Which weighs 3.56 grams)

Thanks for all the pennies you've saved me over the years - nearly 100,000 pennies in cashback now!
  28 May 15 - 20:24
mags52
Many hummingbird species including annas black-chinned , allens costas rufous and broad tailed can breed together to create a hybrid species on fact that makes identifying the hummingbird very challenging .
  28 May 15 - 20:24
akindredspirit
During mating, a hummingbird can dive at 60 miles an hour! Also, because the hummingbird can rotate its wings in a circle, they are the only bird that can fly forwards, backwards, up, down ,sideways and hover in mid air
  28 May 15 - 20:16
pintofhof1
A hummingbird must consume approximately 1/2 of its weight in sugar daily, and the average hummingbird feeds 5-8 times per hour.
  28 May 15 - 20:07
strawberryshortcake
Some species of hummingbird are so rare that they have been identified only from the skins exported to Europe. Not nice but a fact nonetheless.
  28 May 15 - 19:50
hellsiebells
Hummingbirds have 1,000-1,500 feathers, the fewest number of feathers of any bird species in the world.
  28 May 15 - 19:46
nhopkins90
A hummingbird takes approximately 250 breaths per min while not doing anything
  28 May 15 - 19:40
kohsamuirosie
Despite their small size, hummingbirds are one of the most aggressive bird species and will regularly attack jays, crows and hawks that infringe on their territory, and backyard birders often have one dominant hummingbird that guards all the feeders.
  28 May 15 - 19:29
nadaley
Two of my favourite businesses reference hummingbirds - Topcashback as their new logo and The Hummingbird Bakery. Both provide me with sweet satisfaction
  28 May 15 - 19:26
tompob
Humming bird seat as they hover
  28 May 15 - 19:23
Janpatw
When flying in rain, the hummingbird shakes itself like a dog to shed the raindrops, otherwise they'd soon weigh it down too much to fly.
  28 May 15 - 19:14
chipfamily
A hummingbird takes approximately 250 breaths per min while not doing anything.
  28 May 15 - 18:55
headsy123
Humming birds hover as they eat.
  28 May 15 - 18:52
alexorza
They can fly backwards so its pretty cool, but make sure you do not go backwards with this business as I love this website...
  28 May 15 - 18:51
priorslee
An average ruby-throated hummingbird weighs less than a 5p coin
  28 May 15 - 18:43
Rey_Chunara
Hummingbirds have hollow wing bones
  28 May 15 - 18:28
amjobra
The 5-cm bee hummingbird, weighing less than a u.S. Penny (2.5g).
  28 May 15 - 18:12
antheacarol
Beautiful birds and such a nice logo
  28 May 15 - 18:11
LaurencePulling
Hummingbirds are known to dive bomb hawks and other predators if they get too close to hummingbird territory
  28 May 15 - 18:09
missmim81
The hummingbird has to eat twice its weight in food every day! Wow!
  28 May 15 - 18:09
pumpkinpie1967
Hummingbirds are buitiful birds and I have a Signiture Cake called Hummingbird, which is a very moist Banana, pineapple and coconut cake with a light cream cheese topping, and lira of people come back for seconds as it is so yummy
  28 May 15 - 18:00
Silvva
A few other facts:-
From 25-30 percent of a hummingbird’S weight is in its pectoral muscles, the muscles principally responsible for flight.

Hummingbirds lay the smallest eggs of all birds. They measure less than 1/2 inch long but may represent as much as 10 percent of the mother’S weight at the time the eggs are laid.

Despite their small size, hummingbirds are one of the most aggressive bird species and will regularly attack jays, crows and hawks that infringe on their territory.
  28 May 15 - 17:54
prizzens
Humming birds can fly backwards! :D
  28 May 15 - 17:39
Member321442811428
They can also fly backwards, and are the only group of birds able to do so. :)
  28 May 15 - 17:25
busylizzie
Each species of hummingbird makes a different humming sound, depending on the number of wing beats per second.
  28 May 15 - 17:23
AuntyT
A hummingbird’S brilliant throat colour is not caused by feather pigmentation, but rather by iridescence in the arrangement of the feathers and the influence of light level, moisture and other factors.

I first saw a hummingbird walking up the hill to visit the Mayan ruins of Xunantunich in Belize, many moons ago. It stopped me in my tracks and I just stood and watched it for a while, most probably with my mouth hanging open! It was indeed brilliantly, beautifully, iridescent!
  28 May 15 - 17:02
asda12
Hummingbirds cannot walk or hop, though their feet can be used to scoot sideways while they are perched. These birds have evolved smaller feet to be lighter for more efficient flying.
  28 May 15 - 16:59
Karisa
Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly both backward and forward. They also can hoover in mi-air, fly sideways and even upside- down.
Hummingbirds are big eaters, eating over twice their weight every day.
They can hear and see better than humans.
They can see ultra violet light.
The average size hummingbird has 940 feathers.
  28 May 15 - 16:53
Hipster73
'Him Bum Grind' is an anagram of hummingbird!
  28 May 15 - 16:37
littlebrownbadger
Hummingbirds flap their wings 50 times a second.
Our electricity power the internet at 50 cycles per second.

Hummingbirds are sychronised with the internet.
Topcashback is sychronised with the internet.
  28 May 15 - 16:18
littlebrownbadger
Hummingbirds have co-evolved in a symbiotic relationship nectar-bearing flowers.

Topcashback adapts in partnership with the most rewarding companies.
  28 May 15 - 16:16
janie8212
The average size hummingbird has 940 feathers
  28 May 15 - 16:15
DUKE61
An average hummingbird’S heart rate is more than 1,200 beats per minute.
  28 May 15 - 16:14
adamgorse
The hummingbird's tiny brain, 4.2% Of its body weight, is proportionately the largest in the bird kingdom.
  28 May 15 - 16:06
littlebrownbadger
A hummingbird can beat its wings 50 times a second.
Our electricty supply powers the internet at 50 cycles a second.
A hummingbird is perfectly synchornised with the internet.

Topcashback is perfectly sychronised with the internet.

References:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hummingbird
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utility_frequency
  28 May 15 - 16:03
jennavon
They can also fly backwards, and are the only group of birds able to do so.
  28 May 15 - 15:49
lhlee62
They have to eat double their body weight everyday so they visit hundreds of flowers every day
  28 May 15 - 15:46
BestUKDeals
Hummingbirds lay the smallest eggs of all birds. They measure under half an inch, but can be up to 10% Of the mother’S weight at the time they are laid.
  28 May 15 - 15:38
Gillian29
Some hummingbirds are so small that they have been stuck on a thistle. They also have to eat double their body weight a day so have to visit hundreds of flowers per day!!
  28 May 15 - 15:30
olive
Hummingbirds consume more than their own weight in nectar each day
  28 May 15 - 15:29
AJ22b
Their wings typically flap at around 50 times a second!
  28 May 15 - 15:28
topgunny84
!GnizamA !Sdrawkcab ylf nac sdribgnimmuH
  28 May 15 - 15:14
lexibc
Their favourite colour is red
  28 May 15 - 15:12
alsilverfox
Contrary to what one of your contributor said about humming birds never going any further north than central and south america I can confirm that they also reside in Alaska in 2010 a Rufus humming bird was caught and ringed in Alaska
  28 May 15 - 15:11
potnoodlesdeb
Hummingbirds come from the family Trochilidae. They are among the smallest of all birds, They can also fly backwards, and are the only group of birds able to do so.
  28 May 15 - 15:07
ZMOTI
It's a fact that you can get 15% Cashback on an online purchase from Hummingbird Web Solutions.
  28 May 15 - 15:07
slaughterjr
Early Spanish explorers called hummingbirds flying jewels!
  28 May 15 - 15:01
swilsonleach
The bill of the aptly named sword-billed hummingbird, found in the Andes Mountains, can reach up to 4 inches long, and it can be so heavy that the birds may perch holding their bills straight up.
  28 May 15 - 14:58
mail2anu
Hummingbirds are beautiful, just like TopCashback
  28 May 15 - 14:57
Member1213248470428
They have feet so tiny that they cannot walk on the ground, and find it awkward to shuffle along a perch.
  28 May 15 - 14:27
rhiannond87
They can fly backwards, and are the only group of birds able to do so.
  28 May 15 - 14:23
LadderLeaper
There are about 330 different species of hummingbirds. Most of them live and remain in Central and South America, never venturing any farther north.
  28 May 15 - 14:21
Member617348553020
Hummingbirds do not drink through their beaks, like straws, but lap nectar with their tongues. Despite their passion for nectar, hummingbirds are carnivores. If you observe them with binoculars you can often see them catching insects. Its amazing how small they are and they are so breath taking and so beautiful.
  28 May 15 - 14:10
Member82737576546
The hummingbird beats it’S wings about 70 times per second in direct flight which would be 4200 times per minute, and over 200 times per second while diving which would be 12,000 times per minute.
  28 May 15 - 13:58
sofieellis
Hummingbird can be seen on the coat of arms of Trindad and Tobago, which is known as "The land of the hummingbird".
  28 May 15 - 13:54
pje
Hummingbirds heart rate can reach as high as 1,260 beats per minute,
Costa Rica is a great place to spot many different species of these.. C.20 can be easily spotted in one day.
  28 May 15 - 13:49
bambino_chicino
Did you know that not only is the hummingbird the new beautiful logo of TopCashBack, it also features for a bridal boutique called Hummingbird Boutique, a software company and a welfare trust based in Kolkata among others.
  28 May 15 - 13:37
AJD123
Their feet are to small so they can't walk
  28 May 15 - 13:25
stevedew
Did you know, on the 27th of May 2015 "Facts about hummingbirds" was the most google'd search term ;)
  28 May 15 - 13:25
finny10
The Hummingbird is the only bird to fly backwards and they have no sense of smell but have very keen eyesight. That's good then for backwards flying.
  28 May 15 - 13:20
Wdouglas
•A Gorget is the bright flashing colored feathers of the hummingbird's neck.
  28 May 15 - 13:17
lokesh221
Hummingbirds are the tiniest birds in the world and its brain is 4.2% Of its body weight, the largest proportion in the bird kingdom

Like Topcashback, Hummingbirds are very smart and they can remember every flower they have been to, and how long it will take a flower to refill and they can hear better than humans
  28 May 15 - 13:10
zabius
Some species of hummingbird are so rare that they have been identified only from the skins exported to Europe!
  28 May 15 - 13:01
Member523274381012
Hummingbirds can flap their wings around 50 times per second.
  28 May 15 - 12:59
shuddlestone
Hummingbirds can flap their wings around 50times per second! This uses lots of energy.
Their name comes from the humming sound created by their beating wings which flap at high frequencies audible to humans!
  28 May 15 - 12:53
jazzy911
Humming birds love eating pies. When surveyed 8/10 Hummingbirds said they prefered steak and onion!
  28 May 15 - 12:49
farmerswifey
Hummingbirds can flap their wings up to 90 times a second.
  28 May 15 - 12:46
RachelVG
Hummingbirds are one of the smallest birds.
  28 May 15 - 12:36
MillyVanilli222
...Have no sense of smell! Shame, they're missing out on lovely flowers!
  28 May 15 - 12:34
Bringans
They can fly ! ..They eat food :), and they are just pretty cool birds :)
  28 May 15 - 12:21
lynnshunt
Jamie Oliver made a 'Hummingbird Cake'
He calls it comfort food:
"Light fluffy sponge with banana and pineapple galore, a crunchy dusting of pecan brittle and zesty cream cheese icing – It’S near perfection"
  28 May 15 - 12:18
penka03
The bright radiant color on hummingbirds comes from iridescent coloring like on a soap bubble or prism
  28 May 15 - 12:11
everyman13
Hummingbirds are native species of the New World and are not found outside of the Western Hemisphere.
Hummingbirds do not suck nectar through their bills, they lick it with fringed, forked tongues.
  28 May 15 - 12:07
cchan
It is a distant relative to the dinosaurs.
  28 May 15 - 12:04
bubbleybooboo
Hummingbirds have no sense of smell
  28 May 15 - 11:54
belstage4
It can take up to 12 of them to make a tasty kebab!
  28 May 15 - 11:46
cgillen
Hummingbirds don't read books on what they are supposed to do and tend to do what they want
  28 May 15 - 11:35
hello9876
The hummingbird name comes from the fact that they flap their wings so fast (about 80 times per second) that they make a humming noise.
  28 May 15 - 11:34
hbjzcc
Hummingbirds can fly at speeds exceeding 15 m/S and backwards!
  28 May 15 - 11:33
SamMalaya
Hummingbirds need to eat twice their body weight in food every day!
  28 May 15 - 11:30
yowzer
Hummingbirds can't smell.
  28 May 15 - 11:22
marcc82
They can fly backwards
  28 May 15 - 11:19
Member29324574203
You are statistically moire likely to be murdered by a gang of hummingbirds than a t-Rex. #StopTheSlaughter #GangWarfare
  28 May 15 - 10:59
Member523262882928
Hummingbirds lay the smallest eggs of all birds - about the same size as a jelly bean!
  28 May 15 - 10:59
Member717723077510
Hummingbirds get their name from the fact that they flap their wings so fast (about 80 times per second) that they make a humming noise.
  28 May 15 - 10:56
Mark87652
There are more than 325 hummingbird species in the world
  28 May 15 - 10:52
altergeist
Unlike humans Hummingbirds can see ultraviolet light, and their hearts can beat up to 1,260 times per minute. Also, they do not make great carrier pigeons, and they are completely hopeless at cricket.
  28 May 15 - 10:38
LeeBalders
Hummingbirds have been featured on coins of varying denominations from many countries, from Trinidad & Tobago's 1 cent coin to Brazil's 2000 cruzeiros. Other countries depicting hummingbirds on their money include Colombia, Canada, St. Kitts & Nevis, the Cook Islands, Jamaica, Cuba, Belize, Jordan and the British Virgin Islands. Also, one Peruvian coin features the Nazca lines hummingbird!
  28 May 15 - 10:37
sc00ter1
Without the little hummingbird, some flowers would not pollinate.
The Bee hummingbird is the smallest hummingbird.
Hummingbirds Don't have a sense of smell - but they have really good eyesight.
  28 May 15 - 10:33
Pmliu
Hummingbirds cannot walk or hop, though their feet can be used to scoot sideways while they are perched.
  28 May 15 - 10:32
jfordham83
The male Hummingbird takes no responsibility in rearing the young and may find another mate after the first brood hatches.
  28 May 15 - 10:30
nisaa82
Hummingbirds are one of the most aggressive bird species and will regularly attack jays, crows and hawks.
  28 May 15 - 10:26
suzyq99
Names for hummingbirds in other parts of the world include
Beija-Flor: Portuguese for Flower-Kisser
Chupaflor: Spanish for Flower-Sucker

Think I prefer Hummingbird
  28 May 15 - 10:24
Laydee_melodi
The ruby throated hummingbird has approximately 940 feathers on its body and looks a lot like the hummingbird in Top Casback's new logo!
  28 May 15 - 10:19
Bradley_Minton
Hummingbirds have been known to actually hum to themselves when nervous or slightly anxious.
  28 May 15 - 10:10
Frostygills
Q: What does a cat call a hummingbird?
A: Fast food
  28 May 15 - 09:59
ickle_socks
Their feet are so tiny they find it hard to walk on the ground, they can hover in mid air and also they have a very nice bakery named after them!
  28 May 15 - 09:57
kornfreak1
They can also fly backwards, each bird has a different humming sound depending on beats per second!
  28 May 15 - 09:52
franguyler1405
Hummingbirds have 1,000-1,500 feathers, the fewest number of feathers of any bird species in the world
  28 May 15 - 09:49
amybell60
Hummingbirds do not suck nectar through their long bills, they lick it with fringed, forked tongues
  28 May 15 - 09:45
bexi
The hummingbird needs to eat twice its bodyweight in food every day, (lucky creature!) And to do so they must visit hundreds of flowers daily - They get to eat lots and visit many different types of beautiful flowers too!! Alright for some!! ????
  28 May 15 - 09:32
Member523271150915
Male hummingbirds are reported to have achieved speeds of almost 400 body lengths per second when swooping in an effort to impress females :)!
  28 May 15 - 09:28
buzzybev
They can fly backwards
  28 May 15 - 09:26
moola
Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backwards, in addition to forwards. Perfect for parallel parking!
  28 May 15 - 09:12
vicki7172
Hummingbirds can fly backwards!
  28 May 15 - 09:11
alsproject
Hummingbirds primarily eat flower nectar, tree sap, insects and pollen.
  28 May 15 - 09:06
chopster
They have feet so tiny that they cannot walk on the ground, and find it awkward to shuffle along a perch - guess that means no shoe shopping for them!
  28 May 15 - 09:06
Member522754276730
"Hummingbird" was the name given to a major change to Google's search algorithm in 2013.
  28 May 15 - 09:01
NatalieWhite
A hummingbird can lick 10-15 times per second while feeding - a second! And I thought my husband inhaled his food!
  28 May 15 - 09:00
Dyrob2000
Contrary to popular belief, a hummingbird is a real bird and not an annoying woman
  28 May 15 - 08:55
carolellix
A hummingbird’S brilliant throat color is not caused by feather pigmentation, but rather by iridescence in the arrangement of the feathers and the influence of light level, moisture and other factors. Hummingbirds cannot walk or hop because there feet are so tiny . Each species of hummingbird makes a different humming sound, determined by the number of wing beats per second.
  28 May 15 - 08:51
kayley6688
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.
  28 May 15 - 08:26
ssloan
You've heard it so many times before, but hummingbirds can fly backwards.
  28 May 15 - 08:09
janekeenan
Humming around , spreading the news about Topcashback ! Perfect !!!
  28 May 15 - 08:02
Rachdoesvegas
Hummingbirds can chirp with their tails !!!
  28 May 15 - 07:46
strawberrisc
The Hummingbird is able to fly backwards. In my mind's eye they remind me of the seahorse who swims elegantly backwards
  28 May 15 - 07:45
lizd31
Hummingbirds love sugar water. When I was in Canada a few years ago we were in a lakeside restaurant & They had lots of hummingbird feeders directly outside the windows so we literally got a birds' eye view
  28 May 15 - 07:41
clare17
Hummingbirds consume more than their own weight in nectar each day
  28 May 15 - 07:37
lainey01
Hummingbirds digest their food very quickly. It takes about 10 minutes for a fruit fly to pass through a hummingbird from one end to the other...Sounds like my Husband! :D
  28 May 15 - 07:24
gmaisey
They are the smallest birds in the world.
  28 May 15 - 07:19
jumapech
Hummingbirds can go into a state of hibernation called torpor when food becomes scarce, to conserve energy
  28 May 15 - 07:05
emuchops1
Hummingbird eggs are the size of a small pea & It takes 250 to make a decent sized omelette.
  28 May 15 - 06:37
welshscot
There are no Hummingbirds in the wild in Britain.
  28 May 15 - 06:25
Member717545314321
Hummingbirds love red flowers and are the only birds to fly backwards
  28 May 15 - 05:53
wendymurray3
Despite their small size, hummingbirds are one of the most aggressive bird species and will regularly attack jays, crows and hawks that infringe on their territory, and backyard birders often have one dominant hummingbird that guards all the feeders.
  28 May 15 - 04:57
niko3d
Hummingbirds are able to remember each and every flower they visited!

That's abit like TopCashbacks tracking engine :-)
  28 May 15 - 03:11
georgemjohnson
Their feet are so small that they can't walk on the ground
  28 May 15 - 02:36
devito92
A hummingbird can lick 10-15 times per second while feeding.
  28 May 15 - 02:09
MattOsprey
Long-billed hermit hummingbird males in Costa Rica sing the same song over, and over, and over again, hoping to entice a female to mate.
  28 May 15 - 01:09
LyndonB
You can attract hummingbirds by planting red flowers and putting up a hummingbird feeder. You can tie some red ribbons to the pole where the feeder hangs. Use a four-part water to one-part sugar solution to fill the feeder. You need not add any color or vitamins to the nectar solution. Hummingbirds can also be attracted to a reliable water source such as a mister or dripper.

** Sorry! This won't work if you live in the uk ;o) **
  28 May 15 - 00:24
belicarr88
If a hummingbird could choose a favourite colour it would be red .... Apparently.
  28 May 15 - 00:21
patd
A hummingbird will almost hibernate at night to preserve energy and its body temperature drops dramatically.
  28 May 15 - 00:17
veedubjaiVR6
Some hummingbirds migrate great distances from their summer to winter homes and back. The Rufous Hummingbird flies 3000 miles from Alaska to Mexico twice a year!
  28 May 15 - 00:09
Jenzer121
There are 328 known species of hummingbirds.
  27 May 15 - 23:55
muddyblokey
There's more than 325 types of hummingbird. Who knew
  27 May 15 - 23:54
Laws30
A hummingbird baby is smaller than a penny.
  27 May 15 - 23:54
ImmortalBeloved
Their scientific name is Trochilidae
  27 May 15 - 23:49
Member1219103585440
Hummingbirds are very smart and they can remember every flower they have been to, and how long it will take a flower to refill.
  27 May 15 - 23:45
Member1112920375100
Hummingbirds are able to fly backwards
  27 May 15 - 23:43
lucyrobinson
A hummingbird can lick 10-15 times per second while feeding.
  27 May 15 - 23:34
Member617186938508
The Spanish names for Hummingbirds are very descriptive of their behaviour;
Chupaflor - which means flower-sucker
Picaflor - which means flower nibbler
As well as the more romantic Portuguese Beija-flor or Flower-kisser :) Awwww..!
  27 May 15 - 23:33
gmh64
With their wings beating rapidly they have incredible energy, can fly backwards and side to side making them a unique bird.
  27 May 15 - 23:21
Bobadee
Hummingbirds are able to hover by flapping their wings in a figure-8 pattern.
  27 May 15 - 23:14
Bobbish
It would take 28 and a bit Bee Hummingbirds to balance a set of scales that had the heaviest insect ever found, a 71g. Giant Weta, on the other side.
  27 May 15 - 23:11
MrsAJ
Cannot walk or hop, though their feet can be used to scoot sideways while they are perched.
  27 May 15 - 23:04
HVB1
Hummingbirds consume more than their own body weight in Nectar each day!
  27 May 15 - 23:04
Member117477836634
I absolutely love the fact that they can fly backwards, that's multitasking on the next level, like Topcashback :)
  27 May 15 - 23:03
KMCDESIGN
Despite their small size, hummingbirds are one of the most aggressive bird species and will regularly attack jays, crows and hawks that infringe on their territory, and backyard birders often have one dominant hummingbird that guards all the feeders.
  27 May 15 - 23:01
PeteST24
A Hummingbird beats it's wings 80 times a second, can fly forwards, hover, and are the only known birds to fly backwards as well.
  27 May 15 - 22:58
Monkeykv
Hummingbirds can fly backwards woo hoo
  27 May 15 - 22:56
Demetos
Hummingbirds are one of three families in the order Apidiformes (unfooted birds). Their small feet mean that they are unable to walk and must fly in order to move on their perch.
  27 May 15 - 22:53
cathwarbur
Hummingbirds are only found in the Americas
  27 May 15 - 22:49
metal0121
Hummingbirds have such a high metabolism that they are continuously hours away from starving to death.

Some species of Hummingbirds can travel 385 miles on a single gram of fat.

The Sword-billed Hummingbird is the only bird with a bill longer than its body.

Hummingbirds steal spiderwebs to construct and repair their nests.

If hummingbirds were as big as humans, they'd need 204,300 calories a day to survive.

They do not flap their wings, they rotate them in a figure 8, which makes it even more remarkable. This also enables them to go backwards in the air and to hover in one spot.

Last but not least....Hummingbirds also snore!
  27 May 15 - 22:48
Munch
A hummingbird is less annoying than a singing bird that doesn't know the words!
  27 May 15 - 22:48
GAZ147
Humming birds starred as stunt doubles for the golden snitch in the Harry potter films...
  27 May 15 - 22:48
Smion
Ever seen a hummingbird in your house? It's unlikely: they prefer the outdoors!
  27 May 15 - 22:48
ellietidswell
Hummingbirds are able to fly backwards
  27 May 15 - 22:47
Lulu1963
Some hummingbirds are so small, they have been known to be caught by dragonflies and praying mantis, trapped in spider’S webs, snatched by frogs and stuck on thistles.
During courtship, the wingtips of the ruby-throated hummingbird beats up to 200 times per second, as opposed to the usual wing beat of 90 times per second. When the female appears, her partner displays by flying to and fro in a perfect arc. The pair then dives up and down vertically, facing each other.
  27 May 15 - 22:46
mambojambo
They are small and they hum.
  27 May 15 - 22:45
pennwood
Hummingbirds are unique in that they can fly in any direction, even backwards
  27 May 15 - 22:43
DJASKEW
A hummingbird is technically a type of fish.
  27 May 15 - 22:40
saharapop
Hummingbirds have a long tongue which they use to lick their food at a rate of up to 13 licks per second.
  27 May 15 - 22:39
labrydog
They are so small they can get trapped in a spiders Web!
  27 May 15 - 22:39
pattie29
Female Hummingbirds are larger than the males and hum a lot as they're thinking about the money saved using TopCashback
  27 May 15 - 22:38
Member127756246255
Hummingbirds have the highest metabolism of any homeothermic animal.
  27 May 15 - 22:36
steve_miles
Hummingbirds don't really sing, they chirp.
  27 May 15 - 22:34
gabbyevs1975
They can fly backwards
  27 May 15 - 22:32
Romaman
Their wings flap up to 50 times a second.
  27 May 15 - 22:30
galaxygirl1
Hummingbirds have no sense of smell but have very keen eyesight.
  27 May 15 - 22:29
samcornfield
From 25-30 percent of a hummingbird’S weight is in its pectoral muscles. Does this mean that a bodybuilder is likely to learn to fly sometime soon? Unfortunately it won't be me as 30% Of me is fat!
  27 May 15 - 22:26
Grrrr98
Spiders are Hummingbird's favorite food, especially baby spiders, & Make up between 60% And 80% Of their daily solid food intake.

- Nectar only provides an instant, quick energy boost that such a high metabolic rate demands to keep functioning & Should should not be confused with food.
- Nectar is not 'food' for a Hummingbird. It is more like an energy drink. A certain RedBull really gave these little guys wings, hehehehe...
- The outer edges of a Hummingbird's tongue is fringed to help it catch the many teeny, tiny insects they eat everyday – From the air, while flying around, in flowers, and in/On vegetation that they investigate to find insects.
- All their nutritional needs – Vitamins, minerals, amino acids, animal proteins and fats and oils – Come from insects they eat.
  27 May 15 - 22:25
pebal
Humingbird is spelled with two m's.
  27 May 15 - 22:23
Member711879961607
They make lovely cupcakes
  27 May 15 - 22:20
Member717596433114
They are attracted to the colour red.
  27 May 15 - 22:16
HopX
Hummingbirds lay the smallest eggs of all birds.

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  27 May 15 - 22:15
CK12232
Their average weight is between 2 and 20 grams, that's less than a pack of Quavers! :-O
  27 May 15 - 22:15
mattsonthebeach
Hummingbirds are very small, flap their wings a lot and have been known to even fly
  27 May 15 - 22:10
hailstone101
There are no ginger hummingbirds because they have better things to do than look like a flying orang-utan.
  27 May 15 - 22:09
Humph333
Hummingbirds with sore throats become croaking birds
  27 May 15 - 22:04
spes22
I first saw a hummingbird on my honeymoon.
  27 May 15 - 22:01
Member101237114549
Hummingbirds can hear better than humans
  27 May 15 - 22:01
bhavesh1986
Hummingbirds are attracted to colour red.
  27 May 15 - 21:58
jcyclops
Hummingbirds love the colour red. This is why most feeders have some red on them. They will even check out people wearing red to see if they are a source of food!
  27 May 15 - 21:52
monteifletcher
Hummingbirds cannot walk or hop, though their feet can be used to scoot sideways!
  27 May 15 - 21:50
Yaracuy
Hummingbirds have the highest metabolism of any homeothermic animal
  27 May 15 - 21:49
Liz2906
Hummingbirds have the largest brain to body weight ratio of all birds.
  27 May 15 - 21:49
Member127736107552
A hummingbird can fly backwards and provides a fantasy escape over four floors in Bath Street, Glasgow
  27 May 15 - 21:49
Liquorice
Hummingbirds have no sense of smell but have very keen eyesight.
  27 May 15 - 21:46
nuphoric81
Hummingbirds live on the edge of survival and can starve to death in 3 to 5 hours
  27 May 15 - 21:46
jonday81
A hummingbird's brain is 4.2% Of its body weight, the largest proportion in the bird kingdom.
  27 May 15 - 21:46
Hdh74
A hummingbird is one of the smallest birds and makes a humming sound with its wings.
  27 May 15 - 21:39
ayjayjay
Male rufous and broad-tailed hummingbirds (genus Selasphorus) have a distinctive wing feature during normal flight that sounds like jingling or a buzzing shrill whistle
  27 May 15 - 21:39
mezer3000
The hummingbird needs to eat twice its bodyweight in food every day, and to do so they must visit hundreds of flowers daily (i definitely do that without going anywhere near a single flower!)
  27 May 15 - 21:35
misspryce
Considering how small the hummingbird is they have a massive appetite and eat twice their body weight in nectar. :)
  27 May 15 - 21:34
clairep1983
Hummingbirds feed 5-8 times per hour on average.
  27 May 15 - 21:31
cheekychicken24
In tests, the best hummingbirds were found to be 20% More efficient than helicopters at hovering!
  27 May 15 - 21:28
circle585
338 types of hummingbirds, Hummingbirds bakery is a chain and they do some very pretty cakes and Jamie Oliver called a cake "Hummingbird cake".
  27 May 15 - 21:28
marriottliam84
There are more than 325 hummingbird species in the world. Only eight species regularly breed in the United States, though up to two dozen species may visit the country or be reported as regular vagrants.
  27 May 15 - 21:28
terricramb
Hummingbirds can fly at 30miles per hour and up to 60 miles per hour whilst in a dive
  27 May 15 - 21:27
TLB_UK
Toilet training of baby hummingbirds comes built in. (A definite benefit of being a hummingbird mom.) The baby hummingbirds will do everything they can to dispose of waste over the side of the nest.
  27 May 15 - 21:26
pavelbalas
They are the only birds that can fly backwards!
  27 May 15 - 21:26
JenIngram
An average hummingbird’S heart rate is more than 1,200 beats per minute!!
  27 May 15 - 21:26
vals2402
My daughters class at school is called Hummingbird, lol!

Hummingbirds can hear better than humans
  27 May 15 - 21:25
Member523265452143
Hummingbirds start to fly between 18 to 30 days of being born
  27 May 15 - 21:23
pfcpompeysarah
They like to eat!! They normally consume twice their weight in nectar and insects every day!
  27 May 15 - 21:23
Bigcol1611
I hum like a hummingbird when I have saved money with TopCashback!
  27 May 15 - 21:21
Danielc4182
The "bee" hummingbird is the smallest species of bird, found mainly in cuba's mogote area. With a weight of 1.6-2 grams and 5-6 centimetres it's the smallest living bird in the world!
  27 May 15 - 21:21
Daddy52
They can fly backwards.
  27 May 15 - 21:20
cagsd
They can fly backwards at over 30mph.
  27 May 15 - 21:19
hanarees
Hummingbirds need to eat food 3 times the size of their weight a day!
  27 May 15 - 21:16
20Laura
Hummingbirds can be divided into nine groups, with differences in size, habitat, feeding strategy and body shape.
  27 May 15 - 21:16
MartinsLoveChild
Hummingbirds are a collection of women from Scunthorpe who can be heard humming to Status Quo on Radio 2. Possibly.
  27 May 15 - 21:11
jo_maxted
Hummingbirds lay the smallest eggs of all birds. They measure less than 1/2 inch long but may represent as much as 10 percent of the mother’S weight at the time the eggs are laid.
  27 May 15 - 21:10
beckyboas
Baby hummingbirds can't fly!
  27 May 15 - 21:09
Rahven
They are the only birds that can fly backwards!
  27 May 15 - 21:09
tykedragon
A hummingbird can dive up to 60 miles per hour.
  27 May 15 - 21:07
SaintUK
Hummingbirds have tiny hairs on the tip of their very long tongues to help lap up nectar.
  27 May 15 - 21:02
winkfir
Hummingbirds are the tiniest birds in the world.
  27 May 15 - 21:01
DaveJackson
All hummingbirds are thin at one end, much much thicker in the middle and then thin again at the far end.
  27 May 15 - 21:00
selloveday
They can fly backwards
  27 May 15 - 20:59
stefalfie11
Humming birds have no sense of smell.
  27 May 15 - 20:57
lqraya
True factWhy does the humming bird hum? Because it doesn't know the words!!!!
  27 May 15 - 20:54
eddie494
A hummingbird will consume it's body weight in sugar every day.

As would I if I lived next door to a Krispy Kreme shop.
  27 May 15 - 20:51
kather1ne
A hummingbird can lick 10-15 times per second while feeding.
  27 May 15 - 20:50
cazzzie987
Despite their small size, hummingbirds are one of the most aggressive bird species and will regularly attack jays, crows and hawks that infringe on their territory, and backyard birders often have one dominant hummingbird that guards all the feeders.
  27 May 15 - 20:49
maggie777
Hummingbirds consume more than their own weight in nectar each day
  27 May 15 - 20:49
chriso
The Victorians made jewellery out of hummingbirds.
  27 May 15 - 20:46
sarahadavies
A fun fact - i'm going to write a book on hummingbirds, I don't even need to research it now. Who knew there were so many facts about this little bird?
  27 May 15 - 20:46
msbonjovi
Male hummingbirds do not help raise their offspring, much like some of the human male population!! :)
  27 May 15 - 20:44
stewaris
A hummingbird's brain is 4.2% Of its body weight, the largest proportion in the bird kingdom.
  27 May 15 - 20:44
lazymoo
A hummingbird egg weighs a tenth of its mother's weight. Ouch.
  27 May 15 - 20:43
danc101
In addition to the mesmerizing mid-air hovering that hummingbirds are known for, the other trait they’Re known for (the humming) comes from the males who make the sound with their tail feathers while courting lady hummingbirds. Each species also has its own “Signature sound.”
  27 May 15 - 20:42
TelStar1507
Hummingbirds have the highest metabolism of any warm blooded animal. To conserve energy when food is scarce, and nightly when not foraging, they go into torpor, a state similar to hibernation, slowing metabolic rate to 1/15th of its normal rate.
  27 May 15 - 20:42
Eounsworth
They have feet so tiny, Hummingbirds can't walk on the ground.
  27 May 15 - 20:41
LEE_88
Hummingbirds can see ultraviolet light!
  27 May 15 - 20:39
ortelious
A Hummingbird's heart beats about 250 times per minute at rest.
  27 May 15 - 20:39
inspiron42
The hummingbird needs to eat twice its bodyweight in food every day, and to do so they must visit hundreds of flowers daily
  27 May 15 - 20:36
Wickedchris16
They can fly backwards
  27 May 15 - 20:33
Lfoulds90
They can fly backwards
  27 May 15 - 20:29
pinklady123456
A hummingbird eats twice its body weight every day
  27 May 15 - 20:28
madge47
The ruby-throated hummingbird has only approximately 940 feathers on its entire body.
  27 May 15 - 20:28
phildavey
34 of the 342 known species of hummingbird have been designated at risk of extinction by BirdLife International.
  27 May 15 - 20:25
flashingblade
Its the only bird that can fly backwards
  27 May 15 - 20:24
tonyh1
The heartbeat is about 250 Beats per minute at rest !!
  27 May 15 - 20:24
Member422110360342
A humming bird has never opened the batting for England.
  27 May 15 - 20:24
soosieboo
The hummingbird needs to eat twice its bodyweight in food every day
  27 May 15 - 20:23
gaynorouvrir
Hummingbirds have a heart rate of around 1250 beats per minute during the day but only 50 bpm at night. The equivalent drop in a human being would mean their heart would only beat once every 25 seconds at rest !
  27 May 15 - 20:23
olimarshall
A hummingbird's heart is 5 times bigger than a human’S in proportion to its body (2.5% Vs .5%).
  27 May 15 - 20:20
oekz989
Hummingbirds have been known to carry tiny little leaf men into battle :o
  27 May 15 - 20:20
Maryandbuzz1
They can fly backwards
  27 May 15 - 20:17
purple45
Humming birds are frequently known to favour humming along to Bob Dylan songs, and where they don't know the lyrics they make up lyrics relating to TopCashback deals. (In their heads of course because they're humming not actually singing). Sometimes they're not quite sure which is best but they certainly rate them both highly.
  27 May 15 - 20:15
rainbow83
There are 320 different species of Hummingbird, each specie has a different humming sound.
  27 May 15 - 20:14
annox
I was once wearing a Pink Jumper at London Zoo, and the Hummingbirds were all around me!
Hummingbirds actually lap up the nectar with their tongues.
  27 May 15 - 20:13
tux1977
The outer tail-feathers of male Anna's hummingbird (Calypte anna) vibrate during courtship display dives and produce a loud chirp. When courting, the male ascends some 35 meters before diving over an interested female at a speed of 27 m/S, equal to 385 body lengths/Second, producing a high-pitched sound.
  27 May 15 - 20:11
MrsFoulds
Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backwards!
  27 May 15 - 20:11
NatalieC
Fun hummingbird fact:

A hummingbird's metabolism is roughly 100 times that of an elephant!
  27 May 15 - 20:08
prwilson
A Hummingbird's heart beats about 250 times per minute at rest.
  27 May 15 - 20:08
EllenA1
Can see ultraviolet light but have little to no sense of smell
  27 May 15 - 20:08
Member611519418936
Hummingbirds breathe 250 times per minute. :)
  27 May 15 - 20:07
housewife41
A hummingbird's brain is 4.2% Of its bodyweight.
  27 May 15 - 20:07
CazFergo
As soon as hummingbirds wake up they must find food or starve to death - a bit like me really!
  27 May 15 - 20:06
absolutereality
Hummingbirds cannot walk or hop, though their feet can be used to scoot sideways while they are perched. These birds have evolved smaller feet to be lighter for more efficient flying.
  27 May 15 - 20:03
Clareycat
Hummingbirds have 1,000-1,500 feathers, the fewest number of feathers of any bird species in the world.
  27 May 15 - 20:03
cheddar1
During courtship, the wingtips of the ruby-throated hummingbird beats up to 200 times per second, as opposed to the usual wing beat of 90 times per second. When the female appears, her partner displays by flying to and fro in a perfect arc. The pair then dives up and down vertically, facing each other.

So in love sounds like me and my future husband!!! :)
  27 May 15 - 20:02