Seldom do we get to see the substantial wings of a hummingbird. Here are some statistics:
Average length: 3.5 inches (8.9 cm)
Average weight: 1/8 ounce (3.1 g)
Body temperature: 105°-108°F (40.5°-42.2°C)
Wing beats: 40-80 per second, average about 52
Respiration: 250 per minute
Heart rate: 250 beats/min resting; 1200 beats/min feeding
Flight speed: 30 mph (48 kph) normal; 50 mph (80 kph) escape; 63 mph (101 kph) dive
The strength needed to propel those wings in order to hover is phenomenal. Truly one of nature's wonders. The wispy blur of the wings and the slight sound of air in turmoil is part and parcel to the hummingbird but in reality, the seemingly fragile hummingbird is quite an athlete.
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