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Unfortunately, there are endangered hummingbird species.
BirdLife International (a global partnership of conservation organizations that strives to conserve birds and their habitats) lists the endangered species of South America.
It is far too sad that this list is constantly changing because new species are constantly being added.
These hummingbirds with there grandiose colors, fascinating features such as the bill of the Sword-billed hummingbird or size as the Bee hummingbird are among the most beautiful and interesting creatures on earth.
Truly, they are a gem to be lost.
Hummingbirds live on the edge of survival.
Due to their fast metabolism they need to eat more than twice their size in nectar each day.
This can amount to hundreds of flowers.
In South America some hummingbirds need to eat particular flowers in order to survive.
As a result, with the growing destruction of natural habitat and the use of chemical pesticides for agriculture, hummingbirds are threatened to extinction.
Listed as - 10% Vulnererable to extinction within 10 years:
|Amazilia tzacati handley
|Peru, Equador & Columbia
Listed as - 20% Vulnerable to extinction within 10 years:
|Black Inca Hummingbird
|Columbia & Venezuela
|Santa Marta Sabrewing
Listed as - 50% Vulnerable to Extinction within 10 years:
|Equador & Columbia
Can we imagine losing these beautiful birds forever?
We can only hope that enough environment will be saved for the "endangered hummingbird species" to survive.
We are all hoping that something is being done to help the endangered hummingbirds.
Thankfully, there are some groups such as the Nature Conservatory being one example, who are actively working to help the hummingbirds. They are creating nature reserves for some of the most vulnerable hummingbirds.
In addition, they are promoting sustainable agriculture and cattle ranching as well as reforesting with native species.By building awareness of the problems facing hummingbirds today,we all can endeavor to keep these spectacular birds on the planet forever.