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Photo of a hummingbird. Click photo to see a larger imagine.  Photo by Larry Wade, US FWSHummingbird resting
on a branch.

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Hummingbirds can fly right, left, up, down backwards, and even upside down. While other birds get their flight power from the downstroke only, hummingbirds have strength on the up-stroke as well. Most hummingbirds flap their wings about 50 or so times a second. This means all we can see is a blur. The Magnificent Hummingbird is an exception. Sometimes it flaps it wings slow enough for individual wing beats to be perceived.

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