How fast do hummingbirds beat their wings? 

Hummingbirds are renowned for their incredibly rapid wingbeats, which allow them to hover in place and maneuver with exceptional agility. On average, hummingbirds beat their wings at a rate of approximately 50 to 80 times per second during normal flight.  

However, this rate can vary depending on factors such as the size and species of the hummingbird, as well as the specific flight behaviors it is performing. 

Smaller hummingbird species tend to have faster wingbeat frequencies, with some species reaching rates of over 100 beats per second. Larger hummingbird species may have slightly slower wingbeats, but they are still remarkably rapid compared to other birds. 

During hovering and slow flight, hummingbirds typically beat their wings at the highest frequencies, allowing them to maintain stable position in the air while feeding on nectar from flowers.  

In faster flight, such as during chasing or territorial displays, the wingbeat frequency may decrease slightly as the bird increases its forward speed. 

Hummingbirds can fly vast distances and at high speeds. Hummingbirds can fly 30 mph in direct flight. These small insects also do aerial acrobatics and dives during courtship. Hummingbirds may dive over 45 mph.