不知道你有沒有親眼見過蜂鳥？牠們嬌小的身軀、豔麗色彩的羽毛及飛快的飛行速度，猶如大自然中神祕的精靈。這世界最小的鳥類，那幼鳥豈不是比最小還小？美國猛禽教育組織（Raptor Education Group）日前就分享了他們的工作，一個蜂鳥巢在一場暴風雨中從樹上摔了下來，倖存的幼鳥被帶回組織餵養，經過查驗之後原來是兩隻紅玉喉北蜂鳥（Ruby-throated Hummingbird）。
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Chicks /Raptor Education Group, Inc.
We are delighted to share a video featuring two of our tiniest patients. A nest, complete with tiny Ruby-throated Hummingbird chicks arrived yesterday after it came down in a storm. We were not able to replace it, but will continue to try when weather clears. Few people have the honor of witnessing baby hummingbirds as they are fed. Their parent are not doing the feeding, we think they are still pretty amazing. Hummingbirds eat aphids and other tiny insects as well as nectar. Protein is vital to hummingbirds all of their life, but especially so as babies when they are growing quickly. There is a small syringe at the other end of the feeding tube that is not visible on the video. Their formula is a complicated mixture of crushed and powdered insects and a homemade nectar base along with digestive enzymes, which they get from their parents naturally during feeding.
Posted by Raptor Education Group, Inc. on Wednesday, July 24, 2013