A hummingbird’s wings are what allows it to hover the way it does. A typical bird’s wing has a downward curve to allow it to achieve lift in one direction, but a hummingbird’s wings flex to curve in both directions, allowing it to push the air on the down- and up-beat of its wings. This, coupled with the extremely fast wingbeat and their light weight, allows hummingbirds to fly forwards, backwards, and hover in place. This Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Boissonneaua matthewsii, shows off the smooth blade-shaped wings that are typical of hummingbirds.Guango, Ecuador©Two Loons/Erin Lehnert
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