Aztec hummingbirds

  • IASbaba
  • March 3, 2023
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Environment & Ecology
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Context: Recently, Aztec hummingbirds were spotted in India.

About Aztec hummingbirds:

  • The name means a ray of the sun.
  • It is a hummingbird native to the American continent.
  • It is also known as the Aztec hummingbird, there exist 350 species of this bird.
  • They can beat their wings up to 50 times per second creating a humming sound.
  • They can fly backward.
  • They prefer Tubular flowers that are bright red or orange (such as lantana and rhododendron).
  • They have very long hand bones but very short arm bones that are connected to the body through flexible ball-and-socket joints.
  • These joints allow the wings to rotate after each half-stroke, permitting backward flight.
  • The purple sunbird, one of its types is commonly found in India.
  • They have the highest metabolic rate (calories burnt per minute) among vertebrates.


Previous Year Questions

Q.1) Which of the following is not a bird?

  1. Golden Mahseer
  2. Indian Nightjar
  3. Spoonbill
  4. White Ibis

Q.2) Consider the following animals (2021)

  1. Hedgehog
  2. Marmot
  3. Pangolin

To reduce the chance of being captured by predators, which of the above organisms rolls up/roll up and protects/protects its/their vulnerable parts?

  1. 1 and 2 only
  2. 2 only
  3. 3 only
  4. 1 and 3


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