What is the fastest a hummingbird can go?

The fastest speed ever recorded for a hummingbird is 93 body lengths per second. 

In terms of actual speed, the fastest a hummingbird has been recorded moving is 385 body lengths per second or 51 miles per hour.

Light body weight – Hummingbirds weigh only 2-20 grams on average. Their lightweight bodies require less energy to move at high speeds.

Aerodynamic shape – Their streamlined shape minimizes drag for rapid acceleration and maneuverability.

Powerful flight muscles – Up to 30% of their total body weight is flight muscle, the highest proportion in the animal kingdom. This provides the power needed for fast wing beats.

Rapid wing beats – Hummingbirds can flap their wings up to 80 times per second, enabling speed and agility.

Enhanced cardiovascular system – Their hearts can beat up to 1,260 times per minute during flight to deliver oxygen to the muscles.

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