Hummingbirds can fly right, left, up, down, backwards, and even upside down. They are also able to hover by flapping their wings in a figure-8 pattern. Their name comes from the fact that they flap their wings so fast (about 80 times per second) that they make a humming noise. Images in this gallery are humming birds from Colorado and Ecuador.
Fighting For The Flower - Two male Booted Racket-tail hummingbirds (you can see their little booties on their feet, and their racket-like twin tails) take aggressive positions (face-off, twin tails spread out) over who gets to the flower first.
Purple Throated Wood Star - A Purple Throated Wood Star hovers near a flower. The woodstar is slightly larger than a bumble bee. Hummingbirds fear bumble bees. When the woodstar approaches, the other hummingbirds retreat.