|Male hummingbird flying
Hummingbird - Flying Spybot
The hummingbird is a favorite of
many bird watchers and nature enthusiasts, perhaps because it is so unique in the bird world. There are several hundred species
of hummingbird in the Americas, the only place they are found today. They range in size from 2 ½ to 5 inches (5.8 -
20 cm) and can weigh between 1/15 and 2/3 oz (2 - 20 grams). Unlike other birds, their wings provide uplift on both the down
stroke and the upstroke, flapping in a figure-8 pattern that allows them to fly forward, backward, up, down, or hover motionless
flight has been studied for applications in military defense technology. A flying contraption resembling a mid-sized hummingbird
has been successfully built and flown. A California-based company designed the "Nano Hummingbird" that flies through
doorways, hovers, and can keep itself steady in winds up to 5 mph (8 km/hr). This ‘ornithopter' is still in proto-type
stage but could prove to be extremely valuable for emergency responders and military intelligence.
One prominent website proclaims that hummingbirds
have evolved at the same time as ornithophilus plants, the flowers that hummingbirds feed on. However, the design
and specialty of the hummingbird better fits with the concept of design by a Creator. This design is such that modern engineers
have yet to replicate the sophisticated flight apparatus and techniques that the hummingbird uses with such ease. Such a masterpiece
is a testimony to the intelligent design of this remarkable bird.