TIL that Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are able to fly across the Golf of Mexico, a distance of 500 miles, in one 20-hour non-stop flight. This requires more calories than the bird’s weight, so they prepare by doubling their fat mass. They expend the entire caloric reserve during the flight.

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Is their time on par with other birds who take the flight across the golf, or are humming birds the real birdies?

WeedWingsSpicyThings

How do animals know to do this? It’s not like their moms can say “don’t forget to double your fat before migration, honey!”

EngineCactus

Do they use a three wood or a driver?

StevenSanders90210

Its a short drive across the Golf of Mexico. I’ll show myself out.

TheNaughtyMonkey

Lazy ones just get fat anyway and go to southern Florida?

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