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Hummingbird hits highest speeds


The attraction of a potential mate is driving the Anna's hummingbird to spectacular speeds.

Using high-speed video, the researchers have shown that during a courtship display, the little birds can reach speeds of nearly 400 body lengths per second - twice the top speed of diving peregrine falcons and faster than a fighter jet.

This footage shows the hummingbird in action - lured by a stuffed female. The first black and white clip has been slowed down by more than a factor of 30 times, and the second, in colour, has been slowed by a factor of 25.


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