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Q

I am doing a project on hummingbirds and would like to know what makes a hummingbird hum and is this how it got it's name... I am only in grade four...

--Beebop

A The noise hummingbirds make when they fly is cause by the rapid beating of their wings. All of them make a humming sound, but some of them do it louder than others. The loudest hum of a North American hummingbird comes from the wings of the male Broad-tailed Hummingbird. The second loudest hum is made by a Rufous Hummingbird.

It is this buzzy wing noise that gives hummingbirds their name.

Good luck on your project!

-- Larry & Terrie

 

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