Between Science and Magic: How Hummingbirds Hover at the Edge of the Possible

Hummingbirds’ ability to fly backwards, upside-down, and to hover have been considered magic before technology was able to capture the truth behind their capabilities. To hover, it must flap its wings 60 times per second; a feat only possible in part due to its giant heart, which is 2.5% of its body weight. To keep up with the enormous energy demands flight entails, the hummingbird must drink from 1,500 flowers and eat 700 insects a day. Read full article here


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