Hummingbirds are small birds. They are particularly good at flying, even on the spot, backward, and to the side. During their hovering flight, they can reach speeds of 54 kilometers per hour. They flap their wings up to 50 times a second. Many hummingbird species live in America. There are over 300 species.
In their long beak, they have long tongues. They use it to suck nectar from flowers and also look for insects. The sword-billed hummingbird has a particularly long beak: it is almost as long as the whole body with its ten centimeters.
Hummingbirds build small nests in which the two small eggs have little space. The female then incubates them. In the case of hummingbirds, it is also the female that has a strikingly colorful tail. This makes an impression on the males.
There are over 300 species of hummingbirds. All live in America, mostly near the equator. The hummingbirds in Canada and other areas are also migrating. So they are migratory birds that want to go to the sunny south in winter.