Print the Humming Birds - Flying
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Joyas voladoras - flying jewels. This is
what the Spanish explorers called hummingbirds when they first encountered
them in the Americas. As if by magic, these tiny colorful birds race around
summer gardens, darting here and there and occasionally making a quick dive
right past our noses.
The hummingbird's speed and its ability to hover in mid air makes it seem to
appear and disappear as if by magic. Because of this, the mysterious little
birds have been the subject of many myths and legends. One ancient Mayan
Indian legend says that the hummingbird is actually the sun in disguise, and
he appears in the form of a hummingbird to play with the moon. The ancient
Aztec Indians believed that their most powerful god was related to the
hummingbird. His helmet was the head of a hummingbird which he wore attached
to the back of his head. This strange headpiece made him appear half man and
half bird. So, what is the real mystery behind these miniature marvels?
It's a Hummer!
The hummingbird is the world's smallest bird. It measures
only 6-8 centimeters from the tip of its tail to the tip of its bill;
depending on the species. The heaviest hummingbird weighs only about 3.6
grams. The hummer's bright colors vary from species to species and are
caused by reflected light and not pigment (color) in their feathers. Both
the male and the female are colorful, however the male tends to be a bit
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