When it comes to birds, the terms “strong” or “beautiful” might inspire images of fierce eagles or decadent tropical parrots. But both of these birds will certainly find strong contender in hummingbirds, which possess a unique sort of delicate beauty and a mastery of avian maneuvers like no other. We created this list of 20 stunning hummingbird photos to show you just how beautiful they can be.

Capturing a photo of a hummingbird in flight with clearly focused wings can be very difficult, as some varieties are capable of beating their wings up to 52 times a second. This gives them the ability to hover and fly backwards – something that few other birds can do and that none have mastered the way the hummingbird has. [20 photos total]

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Green-Crowned Brilliant (Image credits: Chris Morgan) #
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Wine-Throated Hummingbird (Image credits: Knut Eisermann) #
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Rufous Hummingbird (Image credits: ideiasedicas.com) #
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Costa’s Hummingbird (Image credits: imgur.com) #
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Rufous Hummingbird (Image credits: don-tbugme.blogspot.com) #
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Marvelous Spatuletail (Image credits: Max Waugh) #
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Fiery-throated Hummingbird (Image credits: Mauro Roman) #
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Rufous Hummingbird (Image credits: don-tbugme.blogspot.com) #
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Violet-Crowned Woodnymph (Image credits: stevetaboneblog.com) #
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Rufous Hummingbird (Image credits: MrClean1982) #
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Violet Sabrewing (Image credits: Larry) #
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Anna’s Hummingbird (Image credits: Good-e-Nuf) #
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Fiery-Throated Hummingbird (Image credits: Cyn Vargas) #
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Wine-Throated Hummingbird (Image credits: José Antonio Yee) #
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Fiery-Throated Hummingbird (Image credits: Alvaro Cubero Vega) #
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Fiery-Throated Hummingbird (Image credits: Alvaro Cubero) #
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Anna’s Hummingbird (Image credits: Catsbow) #
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Rufous Hummingbird (Image credits: Scott Bechtel) #
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Unspecified (Image credits: Alexis Coram) #
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Unspecified (Image credits: Phatography) #

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