Snoring hummingbird!

If you aren’t charmed by this, you’re a sourpuss.  To go along with our snoring dormouse, let’s end the week with . . . a snoring hummingbird.

h/t: Chris


  1. Posted March 2, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Permalink


    I’m amazed that its respiration rate is so slow. Is that part of the nightly hummingbird hibernation we’ve heard so much about?


  2. still learning
    Posted March 2, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    Honk shu in the key of squeeee!

    Could that be a sleep tweet?

  3. sasqwatch
    Posted March 2, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    Amazing the little guy is sleeping through that racket and the lights. Must be hibernation of some sort. Wondering how a critter like that can survive such a state in the jungles of Peru. Wow. Just wow.

    • sasqwatch
      Posted March 2, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

      Aha. I got smart, and visited the Youtube post where there’s ample explanation of the noise. (they are measuring oxygen uptake, the noise is less than it seems but amplified unnaturally by the camera, and the birdie is in near-torpor, getting ready to wake up.)

      • Diane G.
        Posted March 3, 2012 at 3:42 am | Permalink

        Thanks for the most helpful elaboration!

  4. Adam M.
    Posted March 2, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    It clearly just has a creaky jaw, and needs a bit of oil.

  5. Sidd
    Posted March 2, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    If all dormouses and hummingbirds snore, then I wonder why the behavior wasn’t selected away. “Alert! Alert! Unconscious tasty morsel nearby!”

    • Posted March 2, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

      I thought the plural was, “doormeecens”…?


    • Sidd
      Posted March 2, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

      Oops–that’s dormousi, of course.

  6. daveau
    Posted March 2, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    That is sweet and hilarious at the same time.

  7. Posted March 2, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

    this bird is so tinny and it’s so amazing. where can we see it? i think it would ve great if we have vibram five fingers to go around.

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