What’s the world’s smallest bird?

Bee hummingbirdHave you ever wondered which is the world’s smallest feathered creature? It is a species of hummingbird. The Bee Hummingbird inhabits Cuba (where it’s called zunzuncito) and the Isle of Youth. The bird weighs 1.8 grams, with a length of about 5 cm (2 inches).

An unaware observer can take this bird for an insect. The bird flies with 80 wing beats per second, a rhythm at which the human retina cannot detect naturally details.

Only high speed cameras can take pictures of this bird. The male Bee Hummingbird is the smallest bird, as he is smaller than the female.

This bird has also the smallest number of feathers: about 1,000 feathers (in other bird species, there are even as high as 25,000 feathers).


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