Sunday, March 25, 2007

Interesting Facts About Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds cannot be kept as a pet bird, because it is unlawful in the USA and some other countries. Being really susceptible and hard to adjust, these little creatures cannot be kept in imprisonment, but should survive in their normal habitat. Hummingbirds are drawn to different blossoming plants particularly those with crimson flowers. They eat on the nectar of these blossoming plants and are significant pollinators, particularly of long petal flowers. Most types of hummingbird also consume insects, particularly when feeding their young. The smallest hummingbird is the bee hummingbird, a native of Cuba. It is about 2 inches long and weighs about one one-tenth of an ounce. The nest of the bee hummingbird is the size of half a walnut shell. A more common hummingbird, such as the Rufous Hummingbird, weighs roughly 2.9-3.1 grams and has a length of about 3.6-4.1 inches. The largest hummingbird is the Giant Hummingbird, with some weighing up to 24 grams. Hummingbirds are tiny birds in the household. It is acknowledged they have the ability to loom in mid-air by quickly flapping their wings, 15 to 75 beats per second (depending on the type of species). The Largest hummingbird can flap it’s wings 8-10 beats per second, the medium sized hummingbird can flap it’s wings about 22-25 beats per second and the smallest hummingbird approx. 70 beats per second. Able to suspend in mid air, they have the power to flee intentionally backward or vertically, and to preserve stance while drinking from the blossom of the nectar of flowers. Hummingbirds are named for the feature humming audio made by the flapping wings. Hummingbirds like nectar. A direction for making homemade hummingbird nectar is: Mix 1 part sugar (cane sugar) with 4 parts water and take to a boil to destroy any bacterium or mold. Cool and fill the humming bird feeder. This nectar should last only a few days. Extra nectar may be stored in the refrigerator. Red dye should not be added. Honey should not be used for hummingbirds as it can be harmful to them. The left over nectar can be stored in the refrigerator for several days. Clean the hummingbird feeder at least once a week with a vinegar solution or a 10% bleach solution.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Why Do Birds Fly Into Glass?

Unfortunately, the glass window which is a portal to see the outside world for us is really a roadblock to birds. . Both tinted and clear-cut glass are invisble to birds, who view a plant or tree in the expression of the window, misconstrue it as a secure oasis, and fly towards it crashing into the window. Tips To Help Prevent Birds From Crashing Into Windows!
1. Place feeders and bird baths approx. 30 feet from windows
or within 3 feet of window which the bird has to slow down.
2. Hang sun ornaments or other materials. You can use wind chimes.
3. Place up vertical blinds and keep them slightly closed.
4. Screens over the windows are a good barrier.
Despite Our Best Efforts Birds Will Continue To Fly Into Our Homes And Offices. If a bird does crash into your window and seem injured you can contact: 1. Your local animal shelter or division of your Humane Society.
2. Your local veterinarian.
3. or your state Division of Natural Resources.
4. or The National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association at (320) 259-4086.
5. or The International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council at (408) 271-2685.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Pet Bird

Welcome to my pet bird blog. Here you will learn about pet bird care and tips on pet bird feeders and houses. Some interesting facts on birds to follow!