HUMMINGBIRD is a tiny bird with iridescent plumage and a long, slender bill with which it sucks nectar from flowers, its main source of food. The hummingbird darts and hovers on rapidly beating wings, giving off the humming sound from which its name derives. At night it achieves a state of torpor akin to hibernation, to conserve energy. Four species are found in BC, 3 of which are summer visitors from their wintering grounds in Mexico and the southern US. By far the most widespread is the...

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