Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Male Ruby throat

These tiny guys are so incredibly quick that they can jump back from the flower at the sound of the camera's shutter. Normally consuming more than their weight per day in nectar, they consume tiny insects as well for protein. Their metabolism is the highest of all animals although at night and during unfavorable weather (i.e. cold spell) they can ratchet down their metabolism by a process called torpor where their body temperature falls into the 60's

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