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How many times do hummingbirds flap their wings per second?



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Depending on the species, hummingbirds can flap their wings anywhere from 40-80 times in one second, with the fastest being 90. During courtship, wing speed will increase further--even up to 200 times per second.

A Ruby-throated Hummingbird, hovering in open space, has a wingbeat rate of about 50-52 times per second. The smaller the hummingbird, the faster the speed, ranging from about 10-80 beats per second.

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A hummingbird flaps it wings 70 times per second. That's 4,200 times a minute.