Mellisuga

Home to the two smallest birds on our planet

These cute little birds flutter gracefully from one flower to another, drinking nectar. They are often spotted wearing a garland of colorful gorget (colored feathers on the throat or breast used to attract female hummingbirds) and shiny feathers adorned with lovely, vibrant patterns.

Don’t be too quick to judge if you spot a hummingbird from behind, as it may appear sooty black (of course, every specie has a different look). You will be awe-struck by its beautiful metallic spectral colors once it dramatically turns towards the sun. Hovering (flying by staying in one place) is a unique feature of these birds, allowing them to fly forward, backward, and upside-down simultaneously.