Humming Bird Quiz #1

Carolyn’s Online Magazine


The weather projection for this week, after a bitter cold winter, is for it to warm up. As one weather reporter said today “Even 10 degrees would seem warm compared to the minus degrees we’ve been having.”

Thus, I decided to post a looking-forward-to-spring topic today: hummingbirds.

For Christmas my grandson Marcus wanted a humming bird feeder. Not only did we give him one, with food, but I made him an activity book to accompany the bird feeder. The questions are not easy, but they are educational. Perhaps they are even more difficult for a child, but some children need the tougher questions.

Later I will post Humming Bird Quiz #2.

2 800px-Fem_Anna's_Hummingbird  E2 QUIZ ONE 

  1. What proves a hummingbird is very smart?
  2. What causes the brilliant iridescent color in the hummingbirds’ body
  3. Why do hummingbirds enter torpor?
  4. Where is the biggest variety of hummingbirds and more than half the species found?
  5. Which country has the largest types of hummingbird species?
  6. Where do hummingbirds find their sugar?
  7. What do hummingbirds eat for protein?
  8. What insects usually invade hummingbird feeders? 3 800px-Ruby-Throated_Hummingbird_2 E2


  1. What role does the hummingbird play in nature?
  2. How do hummingbirds pollinate flowers?
  3. How did the hummingbird get its name?
  4. What did early Spanish explorers call hummingbirds?
  5. What is the hummingbird’s favorite color?
  6. What are the best trees for hummingbirds to sleep in?
  7. How does the hummingbird know when it’s time for them to migrate?
  8. What causes the hormonal changes in the hummingbirds’ body that tells them it’s time to migrate?
  9. What is the hummingbird’s courtship dive?1 (Golden-tailed_Sapphire_Hummingbird) E3


  1. You cannot distract a hummingbird while its hovering.
  2. A hummingbird’s tongue is shaped like a W.
  3. A hummingbird sucks nectar from the flower like he’s using a straw.
  4. Hummingbirds locate nectar by smelling a flower’s fragrance.
  5. Some flowers are only pollinated by hummingbirds.
  6. Most hummingbirds have an average life span of six years.
  7. Hummingbirds can live for more than 10 years.
  8. The heart of a hummingbird beats up to 1,260 beats a minute.

To learn the answers click on MORE


  1. They can remember every flower they have been to, and they remember how long it will take a flower to refill
  2. The arrangement of the feathers, and the influence of light level, moisture, and other factors
  3. To conserve energy
  4. South America
  5. Ecuador
  6. Flower nectar and tree sap
  7. Soft bugs and pollen
  8. Bees, wasps, and ants


  1. They pollinate the flowers they visit.
  2. By rubbing their forehead and face in each flower as they collect nectar.
  3. From the humming sound produced by their wings when flying.
  4. Flying jewels
  5. Red
  6. Fir trees, because they are thick and offer protection from the elements.
  7. Their body experiences hormonal changes.
  8. The changing length of daylight, the shorter hours of daylight in the fall.
  9. It’s a male’s elaborate display of flight, to attract the females, performed by the mal hummingbird at the start of the nesting season. The male hummingbird will climb high into the air (up to 60 feet or more) and dive towards the ground, and, forming a wide arc, climbs back into the air to about the same height, forming a wide U-shaped pattern.


  1. False
  2. True
  3. False He licks it up with his tongue.
  4. False (they have no sense of smell)
  5. True
  6. False. Most die in their first year
  7. True
  8. True


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About carolyncholland

In several if my nine lives I have been a medical lab technician and a human service worker specializing in child day care, adoptions and family abuse. Currently I am a photo/journalist/writer working on a novel and a short story. My general writings can be viewed at My novel site is
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2 Responses to Humming Bird Quiz #1

  1. merry101 says:

    I like hummingbirds, too. I hang feeders on my front porch…


  2. Grace ( & Fred) Wells says:

    This article is FOR THE BIRDS ! jk ! Really, when I was in grad school I took a class on Ornothology one summer and we had to do so many hours of bird watching and keep a log on what we saw. We made all kinds of interesting field trips very early in the morning. Saw a few hummingbirds as well as other species.


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