Hummingbirds trochilidae, phaethornithinae

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Hummingbirds are dominant nectarivorous birds that are only found in the Americas (New World). They occur as far north as Alaska and as far south as Chile.


They are among the smallest of birds, and include the smallest living bird species - the Bee Hummingbird, which weighs less than a U.S. or Canadian penny, and is 5cm in size. 

The plumages of the various hummingbird species vary from mostly green to mostly brownish (the hermits) - but all species have at least a few green feathers.

Hummingbird bills are generally long and either straight or with a slight down-curve.

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