How Fast Do Hummingbirds Fly and Flap Their Wings?

These tiny birds, often weighing less than a nickel, exhibit extraordinary flying capabilities that have fascinated scientists and bird enthusiasts alike.  

Understanding how fast hummingbirds fly and how rapidly they flap their wings requires delving into the intricacies of their anatomy, physiology, and behavior. 

Hummingbirds are among the fastest avian flyers, capable of achieving impressive speeds relative to their size. 

The average flight speed of a hummingbird ranges from 25 to 30 miles per hour (40 to 48 kilometers per hour). 

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However, during courtship displays and territorial chases, some species can momentarily reach speeds up to 60 miles per hour (97 kilometers per hour). 

One of the most astonishing displays of speed occurs during the courtship dive of the male Anna's Hummingbird. 

This dive is accompanied by a loud chirping sound produced by the airflow over their tail feathers, adding to the spectacle. 

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