Species Spotlight: Sabrewing Hummingbird

Hummingbird is hovering and drinking the nectar from the beautiful flower in the rain forest.

Questions and Answers

At which elevation do violet sabrewing hummingbirds feed?
The violet sabrewing hummingbird feeds at flowers at all elevations and occasionally in the canopy of roadside trees.

What color is the violet sabrewing hummingbird?
The violet sabrewing hummingbird has a thick arched bill, and big, flashy white tail feathers. The male’s amazing purple plumage often looks blackish overall, but when it catches the light, it’s vibrant purple.

Why do hummingbirds go into a state of torpor?
Hummingbirds are one of the few groups of birds that go into torpor, a deep, sleep-like state where metabolic functions are slowed to maintain a low body temperature when food conditions and temperature require it.


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