H is for Hummingbird
As you know, I love animals, and among animals, I have a soft spot for birds. If you’d like to know why, see G for Grizelda Greenfinch, in 2013’s A-Z Challenge.
If I see a post on Facebook about birds, I take notice.
When I saw this bird, from La Bioguia’s page, I just had to write a poem about it.
What bird is this that whirrs its jewels
into the hum of day?
Its throat turns rubies into gold
and steals sun to display.
The flowers open wide their throats
and scream bright reds to win it –
what a wondrous world this is
that has such wings within it!
Hummingbirds certainly are the most wonderful creatures. They can fly backwards, and sideways, something no other bird can do.
They are the smallest birds, and need to eat 7 times per hour to keep themselves going – after all, their wings beat 70 times a minute and their metabolism is roughly 100 times that of an elephant.
Like most birds, they can see ultraviolet light, but they have little or no sense of smell. I didn’t know this and had to amend my poem above!
Their feet are very weak and they cannot walk on them – but they do like to perch.
A hummingbird’s favourite colour is red – giving me the perfect line to replace the one about scents!
Watch a rather drab hummingbird transform with light in this short video from LabofOrnithology:
Hope you have enjoyed this A-Z, if you’d like to see more, come back here tomorrow or visit the A-Z Challenge page and support someone else!
Facts about hummingbirds from World of Hummingbirds.
All prose and poetry © Liz Brownlee.