Colibri Crique Property Sign

“THE SUNLIGHT SPEAKS. And its voice is a bird: It glitters half-guessed, half-seen, half-heard above the flower bed. Over the lawn a flashing dip and it is gone. And all it lends to the eye is this – A sunbeam giving the air a kiss.” The Hummingbird, Harry Kemp

There are 338 known species of hummingbird, and when you start to read up a bit about them, it gets more and more amazing. For one thing, in many cases, these tiny birds are said to have co-evolved with a number of flower species. Many plants that are pollinated by hummingbirds produce flowers in red, orange and pink shades, though they will collect nectar from many colors of flowers. They can see wavelengths that range into the near ultraviolet, but their flowers don’t reflect these wavelengths, like many of the insect-pollinated blossoms do. For this reason, the narrow color spectrum of flowers pollinated by hummingbirds may be more inconspicuous to most insects, which benefits the hummingbirds.

These birds also have the highest metabolism of all animals (except for insects), with a heart rate that can reach 1,260 beats per minute and a breathing rate of 250 beats per minute. They must consume more than their own weight in nectar every day and are constantly only hours away from starving to death, with just enough energy stored to survive overnight. How, then, they manage to migrate 500 miles across the Gulf of Mexico nonstop is a mystery, even considering that they have to prepare by storing fat as a fuel reserve. And in spite of all this, if a hummingbird makes it past its first year, it may survive for a decade or longer.

And the name ‘Colibri Crique’? ‘Colibri’ is the name of a genus of hummingbird, and ‘Crique’ is French for ‘Cove’. This brightly stylized artwork is hand painted, and the groove borders are hand carved and gilded to give it an extra elegant touch.

Flat Painted
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Sign Size
20 " x 14 "