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What is the smallest bird in the world?

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Measuring in at less than 3 inches, the bee hummingbird is the smallest bird in the world. The bill and tail alone account for more than half this length, and the bird weighs just 0.056 ounce.

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What is the smallest bird in the world?
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Found only on the mainland of Cuba and the neighboring Isla de la Juventud, the bee hummingbird is able to beat its wings 80 times per second in a figure-eight pattern, allowing it to hover and move with amazing agility. The energetic bird prefers to feed on nectar from a variety of plants and will also eat small insects, ingesting up to half its body mass each day.

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