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.

If you or someone you know has taken a beautiful photo of a hummingbird, share it with us below this post!

Green-Crowned Brilliant

Image credits: Chris Morgan

Wine-Throated Hummingbird

Image credits: Knut Eisermann

Rufous Hummingbird

Image credits: ideiasedicas.com

Costa’s Hummingbird

Image credits: imgur.com

Rufous Hummingbird

Image credits: don-tbugme.blogspot.com

Marvelous Spatuletail

Image credits: Max Waugh

Fiery-throated Hummingbird

Image credits: Mauro Roman

Rufous Hummingbird

Image credits: don-tbugme.blogspot.com

Violet-Crowned Woodnymph

Image credits: stevetaboneblog.com

Rufous Hummingbird

Image credits: MrClean1982

Violet Sabrewing

Image credits: Larry

Anna’s Hummingbird

Image credits: Good-e-Nuf

Fiery-Throated Hummingbird

Image credits: Cyn Vargas

Wine-Throated Hummingbird

Image credits: José Antonio Yee

Fiery-Throated Hummingbird

Image credits: Alvaro Cubero Vega

Fiery-Throated Hummingbird

Image credits: Alvaro Cubero

Anna’s Hummingbird

Image credits: Catsbow

Rufous Hummingbird

Image credits: Scott Bechtel

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Image credits: Alexis Coram

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Image credits: Phatography

P.S. We always try our best to credit each and every photographer, but sometimes it’s impossible to track some of them. Please contact us if you know the missing authors.

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