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Published on Apr 19, 2012
Hummingbirds make it look easy, but this slow motion footage shows that hovering midair is tough work, indeed. In order to hang midair like that, a rufous hummingbird like this one will need to beat its wings about 50 times per second! As you can imagine this takes up a lot of energy-- to keep up with their incredibly fast metabolism, hummingbirds need to drink more than their own weight in nectar every single day.
Despite their wonderfully unique style of flight, hummingbirds are especially prone to collisions with windows on houses, apartment buildings and offices. To help limit these kinds of bird strikes, you can try affixing a few window decals, or simply keeping lights off as much as possible at night!