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How fast does a hummingbird fly?

Hummingbirds are among the smallest and fastest vertebrates in the sky.

A male hummingbird will use his speed to attract a mate. [©Jupiter Images, 2009]
©Jupiter Images, 2009
A male hummingbird will use his speed to attract a mate.

Hummingbirds fly at speeds up to 71 miles (80.5 kilometers) per hour. Small species beat their wings 50 to 80 times per second, higher in courtship displays. For comparison, the following table lists some other birds:

Miles per hour Kilometers per hour
Peregrine Falcon
168-217 270.3-349.1
Swift 105.6 169.9
Merganser 65 104.6
Golden plover 50-70 80.5-112.6
Mallard 40.6


Wandering albatross 33.6 54.1
Carrion Crow 31.3 50.4
Herring gull 22.3-24.6 35.9-39.6
House sparrow 17.9-31.3 28.8-50.4
Woodcock 5 8

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