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Hummingbird Flight in Slow Motion

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Hummingbirds are impressive, acrobatic flyers. Their figure-8 wing stroke pattern produces about 70% of their lift on the downstroke, and the remainder during the backward upstroke. But their tails and body motions also play an important role in stabilizing them, especially in gusty winds. They also have some impressive feeding dynamics. Altogether, they’re one of the most precise flyers in the animal kingdom! (Video and image credit: BBC Earth)

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