The most commonly seen of these creatures in North America are the Ruby-throated
hummingbirds. They beat their wings about 53 times per second. To find out what hummingbirds are in your state or province, check out this
link at hummingbirds.net
In my area, there are only these two types of birds, Ruby throated and Rufous. According to this website
, the best flowers to attract hummingbirds are "bee balms, honeysuckle, clematis, impatiens, phlox, and fuchias." I've seen hummingbirds attracted to flowers in my yard as well as the feeder we put up (which unfortunately broke), and color draws the attention of the bird. I've also seen hummingbirds drawn to the vivid zinnia flowers. Taking that to mind, if you plant any of these flowers, you'll be killing two birds (oh, that's wrong...) with one stone; having some beautiful oxygen emitting plants and the birds attracted to the plants!
Some quick facts!
- Hummingbirds are the only group of birds able to fly backwards.
- They were named for the hum emitted by the beating of their wings.
- The smallest hummingbird is the Bee Hummingbird, also the smallest bird in the world, weighing only 1.8 grams.
- Male hummingbirds are more colorful than their females, who instead display " cryptic coloration "; basically, camouflage.
- Hummingbirds, during flight, have the highest metabolism of all animals, due to its rapid wing beatings.
- Rufous Hummingbirds have been found to migrate east in the US/Canada during the winter, instead of down to Central America. This is due to the number of feeders put out in gardens.