The smallest egg in the world belongs to the world’s smallest bird, the bee hummingbird. Measuring just 2.2 inches (5.7 cm) in length, these tiny birds lay eggs measuring just 0.39 inches (0.99 cm) long, making them the smallest eggs in the world.
The bee hummingbird is native to Cuba and the Isle of Youth, but is also found in the Bahamas and the Cayman Islands. It is an important symbol of Cuban culture and is featured on the Cuban coat of arms.
The bee hummingbird feeds mainly on nectar, but it also eats small insects, spiders, and larvae. It is known for its fast and erratic flight, which can reach speeds of up to 34 miles per hour (55 kilometers per hour).
The bee hummingbird nests in small holes in trees or shrubs, in locations that are well hidden from predators. The female bee hummingbird lays a single egg at a time, and both parents take turns incubating it. The egg hatches in about two weeks, and the chick is able to fly within three weeks.
The bee hummingbird is the smallest bird in the world, and its eggs are the smallest of any bird species. This tiny egg is a remarkable feat of evolutionary adaptation, and a testament to the adaptability of nature.