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Hummingbirds consume 2 times their weight daily.  

Hovering over flowers at 3,000 wing-beats per minute takes a lot of energy, even when you weigh less than an ounce—which is why, despite the aggressive eating, these teensy fliers maintain a steady mass. “A hummingbird’s diet is mostly sugar-loaded nectar, which its body quickly converts to energy,” says Ross Hawkins, founder and executive director of the Sedona, Arizona–based Hummingbird Society. The mini creatures consume anaverage of 6 calories daily; to put it in perspective, if a 170-pound man had the same metabolism, he’d need to chow down on 2,900 Oreos a day to stay the same size. How’s that for eating like a bird?

 

 

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