Notable Aspects of Hummingbirds

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Notable Aspects of Hummingbirds

How Much Can We Learn From Nature?

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Hummingbirds are outstanding among birds for many reasons; with five species being found in Canada.

Thousands of hummingbirds migrate every winter to Central America and Mexico and usually return to the same nest that they were born. So, if you feed them in the warmer months, they will return each year.

Hummingbirds are set apart from other bird species because of their maneuverability. Although they are tiny birds, they have lightweight torsos and short arms, with the breast bone being wide to allow for heavy muscles which they need to fly fast and with precision.

 


 

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They need much energy to continually fly and gather food. They can maneuver sideways and 

backward at 50 km/hr (31mi/hr), having a high wing frequency.

Scientists are looking at the hummingbird in their use of technology, to see how traits of the hummingbird, can be applied.

AeroVironment’s Nano Hummingbird, a drone, was developed by U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency says Illias Berberi Ph.D. student, Biology, Carlton University. It mimics the flight of hummingbirds to gain an agile, maneuverable edge. Everyday applications of the drone will be effectively examining natural uncharted territories, 

may be applied to weather monitoring, parcel shipping, and even cinematography.

This is just one example of how science is affected by the study of biology in wildlife.

 


 

Shirley Langton 2020

 


Submitted: June 18, 2020

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