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17 animals amazingly adapted to thrive in deserts

By: Jaymi Heimbuch on March 4, 2014, 9 a.m.
Costa's hummingbird

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Costa's hummingbird

Tiny jewels can be found in the Sonoran and Mojave deserts, in the form of the Costa’s hummingbird, a species that thrives in a desert habitat. The tiny bird can escape the heat of the hottest summer days by migrating to chaparral or scrub habitat. Meanwhile, when the temperatures at night plummet, the hummingbird enters a state of torpor, slowing its heart rate from its usual 500-900 beats per minute to a slow 50 beats per minute, conserving energy. It gets all the water it needs from the nectar and insects it feeds on, though it doesn't mind taking a sip when a water source is available.