Hummingbirds

Across the downs a hummingbird
Came dipping through the bowers,
He pivoted on emptiness
To scrutinize the flowers.

Hummingbirds are birds that comprise the family Trochilidae. They are among the smallest of birds, most species measuring in the 7.5–13 cm (3–5 in) range. Indeed, the smallest extant bird species is a hummingbird, the 5-cm Bee Hummingbird. They can hover in mid-air by rapidly flapping their wings 12–90 times per second (depending on the species), and are also the only group of birds able to fly backwards. Their English name derives from the characteristic hum made by their rapid wing beats. They can fly at speeds exceeding 15 m/s (54 km/h, 34 mi/h).[2]

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  • In my backyard in north Texas
    On the hottest summer night
    Hummingbirds fall all around us
    Their hearts stopped beating in mid-flight.
  • Across the downs a hummingbird
    Came dipping through the bowers,
    He pivoted on emptiness
    To scrutinize the flowers.
    • Nathalia Crane, "The First Reformer", Lava Lane and Other Poems (1925).
  • The male is colored much more gorgeously than the female so that he can be shot and made into feather embroidery.
    • Will Cuppy, "The Hummingbird", How to Tell Your Friends from the Apes (1931).
  • [Footnote:] Much still remains to be learned about his sex life because the Hummingbird is quicker than the eye.
    • Will Cuppy, "The Hummingbird", How to Tell Your Friends from the Apes (1931).
  • My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird—equal seekers of sweetness

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical QuotationsEdit

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 381.
  • Jewelled coryphée
    With quivering wings like shielding gauze outspread.
  • Quick as a humming bird is my love,
    Dipping into the hearts of flowers—
    She darts so eagerly, swiftly, sweetly
    Dipping into the flowers of my heart.
  • And the humming-bird that hung
    Like a jewel up among
    The tilted honeysuckle horns
    They mesmerized and swung
    In the palpitating air,
    Drowsed with odors strange and rare,
    And, with whispered laughter, slipped away
    And left him hanging there.
  • A flash of harmless lightning,
    A mist of rainbow dyes,
    The burnished sunbeams brightening
    From flower to flower he flies.

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Last modified on 22 April 2014, at 13:03