This little bird feeds primarily on the nectar of flowering plants. A hummingbird's metabolism is extremely high, so the animals must constantly feed on nectar for energy. Hummingbirds also feed on insects for protein, but it's the nectar that keeps their tiny wings flapping at 60-200 beats per second, depending on the hummingbird species. The birds use their long, thin beaks to get deep inside a flower where the nectar is stored. Their tiny tongues dart out and lap up the nectar while the bird is hovering. Because they spend most of their time flying, hummingbirds have poorly developed feet and can't walk. They can perch, however, and take short breaks between feedings.
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