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Do you know the name of this kind of bird (details inside)?

Asked by Mimishu1995 (14748points) May 1st, 2014

It is one of the smallest birds in the world. It has a pointed long beak and its food comes from flowers.

I don’t know its name in English. Can you help me?

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kritiper's avatar


Mimishu1995's avatar

@kritiper Thanks a lot :) That’s it.

Dan_Lyons's avatar

I used to have Ruby-Red Throat Hummingbirds at my Hummingbird Feeder all Spring Summer and Fall.
The feeder was just outside my shower window so I could watch them while showering after a hard day’s work.

ragingloli's avatar

We here call it a ‘Kolibri’, which is a much better name than “hummingbird”.
Imagine calling a Python a “chokingsnake”, or a Crocodile a “bitinglizard”.

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LuckyGuy's avatar

@ragingloli Brings up a good point with Kolibri (or Colibri) – Hummingbird. This type of ammunition is called Colibri and has the imprint of a hummingbird on the bottom of the casing. The bullet is small, has a pointed nose, and uses no powder except for the primer. It is almost silent.

gailcalled's avatar

Often the bird announces its presence by the high-pitched but noticeable sound of the wings beating rapidly (50 -100 times a second) as it hovers, hence the common name in English.

I have a lot of flowers they love, like red bee balm and columbines, and I usually hear them before I see them. If I were just using my eyes, I might miss some of the show. The odd noise alerts me to pay attention and look around more closely.

@ragingloli‘s comment piqued my curiosity and so I just discovered that in French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish it is also le (il, o, el) colibri. and in Dutch, de kolibrie.

Plus, apparently the genus is colibri or colubris.

filmfann's avatar

When my wife got her cochlear implants, she was able to hear the humming birds, which is something I cannot.

gailcalled's avatar

Correction: Hummers can beat their wings up to 200 times a second.

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Cruiser's avatar

What I did not know until last year was that there is a moth called the hummingbird moth that supposedly in flight is pretty much indistinguishable from the hummingbird. Has anyone here ever seen one?

gailcalled's avatar

Yes, regularly here. I notice it at night on the outside of the windows in rooms with lights on.

I also see it outside from time to time.

LuckyGuy's avatar

@Cruiser We have hummingbird moths here too. They hang around my butterfly bush while the humbirds feed on the sugar-water feeder about 40 ft away.

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