Hummingbirds are the only bird that can fly backwards


Hummingbirds are birds that comprise the family Trochilidae. They are among the smallest of birds. They can fly at speeds exceeding 15 m/s (54 km/h; 34 mph). They are also the only group of birds with the ability to fly backwards.

A hummingbird can rotate each of its wings in a circle, allowing them to be the only bird which can fly forwards, backwards, up, down, sideways or sit in sheer space. To hover, hummingbirds move their wings forward and backward in a repeated figure eight, much like the arms of a swimmer treading water. Hummingbirds can move instantaneously in any direction, start from its perch at full speed, and doesn’t necessarily slow up to land.