World’s Largest Hummingbird Finally Gets Some Respect

8 times bigger than hummers in your backyard, these relative “giants” thrive at 14,000 feet. But that’s not what surprised ornithologists.

Robert Roy Britt
Aha! Science
Published in
5 min readMay 13, 2024

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The giant hummingbird of South America, and a standard-sized nectar feeder. Credit: © Xiaoni Xu | Macaulay Library | Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Used with permission.

Few moments have proven more delightful than the time a tiny hummingbird decided to check me out, hovering at arm’s length in front of my face…

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Robert Roy Britt
Aha! Science

Editor of Aha! and Wise & Well on Medium + the Writer's Guide at writersguide.substack.com. Author of Make Sleep Your Superpower: amazon.com/dp/B0BJBYFQCB