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Sunday, August 15, 2010

What is the Heaviest Hummingbird?

Giant Hummingbird - Patagona gigas peruvianaImage by Fabrice Schmitt via FlickrThe world's heaviest hummingbird is the South American Giant Hummingbird (Patagona gigas). Its size makes it unmistakable.
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It weighs an astounding 18-20 g and is 8 1/2 inches long. The bird's upperparts are dark green with a white rump and its underparts are brownish on the male and grayish on the female.
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Giant Hummingbird (Patagona gigas) 9Image by Yogurt75 via FlickrGiant Hummingbirds have dull plumage compared to many other varieties but can still fly and access trumpet-like blossoms with its long bill.
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They are native to the western South America and in the Andes, specifically, ranging from Ecuador to as far south as northwestern Argentina.
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