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Re: How Hummingbirds Hover...

I missed the first of this thread, so am not sure of the context -- but it might be worth mentioning that the technique by which hummingbirds hover is quite different from the method used by kestrals and most other hovering birds. Most birds hover by means of full alternating momentum reversal (the flutter stroke). Hummingbirds don't.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Brian Lauret" <zthemanvirus@hotmail.com>
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Subject: RE: How Hummingbirds Hover...


I think that could be applied to kestrels in general (perhaps with the exception of island varieties, such as the Mauritius kestrel. Does anyone know if that species hovers?) At least the European kestrel, Falco tinunculus, performs the same acts of aerial acrobacy you just described. I have personally observed members of this species doing just that.


Date: Sat, 2 Dec 2006 22:55:16 -0500> From: Danvarner@aol.com> Subject: Re: How Hummingbirds Hover...> To: dinosaur@usc.edu> CC: xrciseguy@sbcglobal.net> > Interesting. Today I observed a Red-Tailed Hawk hovering in a stiff breeze. > The Rough-Legged Hawk is well known for this, but, to my mind, nothing > matches Falco spaverius, the American Kestrel ( should be called the Sparrow Falcon > IMHO ) for hovering dead still in turbulent and extremely gusty wind > conditions. Hummingbird, Schmumingbird. DV >
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