Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 11, 2018

The Amazing Metabolism of Hummingbirds

The New York Times  reports

Hummingbirds have long intrigued scientists. Their wings can beat 80 times a second. Their hearts can beat more than 1,000 times a minute. They live on nectar and can pack on 40 percent of their body weight in fat for migration.

But sometimes they are so lean that they live close to caloric bankruptcy. At such times, some hummingbirds could starve to death while they sleep because they’re not getting to eat every half-hour or so. Instead they enter a state of torpor, with heartbeat and body temperature turned way down to diminish the need for food.

Read about recent studies of hummingbirds and see video at The Amazing Metabolism of Hummingbirds


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