How Hummingbird Fly Backwards. Their wing-flapping rates can reach 80 beats per second and their heart rates can reach 1260 beats per minute. Their wings beat so fast that they make a humming noise which ended up earning the bird its name.
Hummingbirds however stroke their wings forward and backward pivoting up to 180 degrees at the shoulder to rotate the wing. Have the fastest wingbeats 12-90 times a second depending on the species. Like a helicopter the hummingbird can hover fly right to left left to right diagonal forwards and yes even backwards.
By simply changing the angle of their wings the birds can maneuver and change the direction of their flight.
These birds have evolved smaller feet to be lighter for more efficient flying. Hummingbird Migration Map for 2021 listing of 2021 hummingbird sightings and migration patterns Spring. Hummingbirds can reach such impressive speeds due to their wing-flapping rates. They will use their feet for itching and preening however.