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Hummingbirds Hummingbirds are small, colourful birds, named for the humming sound made by the beating of their wings when they fly. In fact, they beat their wings so fast (about 80 times per second) that they are able to hover in mid air, or even fly upside down! There are five species of hummingbirds in Canada, the most widespread of which is the Ruby-throated Hummingbird, and they migrate annually to overwinter in Mexico or Central America. Hummingbirds are important pollinators of some plants, particular those with red or orange tubular flowers; they have a specialized long, thin bill that enables them to drink nectar from these flowers with ease. In addition to nectar, hummingbirds also feed on insects as a source of protein. Hummingbirds have a very high metabolism and consume more than their own weight in nectar each day; to survive through the night, they can slow their metabolism down, lowering their body temperature, heart rate, and breathing rate, and enter a hibernation-like state called torpor. There are several threats to hummingbirds, one of the most significant of which is habitat loss and destruction. Read more about our pollinator program.