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07-04-2011, 15:09   #1
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One is the Humming bird but does anyone know what the other one is?
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One is the Humming bird but does anyone know what the other one is?
Katie Price falling off her horse??
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Just Googled this answer:

While hummingbirds are probably the champions of backwards flight they are by no means the only birds that can fly in this way. When two herons or egrets fight, periodically one of them caught at a disadvantage in the dispute will flutter backward. Occasionally warblers fluttering at the tip of a branch as they pick off insects will flutter backward when they overshoot some flying insect. It is probable that any bird which uses fluttering flight can move backward when pressed to do so.
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07-04-2011, 15:19   #4
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While hummingbirds are probably the champions of backwards flight they are by no means the only birds that can fly in this way. When two herons or egrets fight, periodically one of them caught at a disadvantage in the dispute will flutter backward. Occasionally warblers fluttering at the tip of a branch as they pick off insects will flutter backward when they overshoot some flying insect. It is probable that any bird which uses fluttering flight can move backward when pressed to do so.
What about the Cuckoo?
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07-04-2011, 15:21   #5
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Hummingbirds are the only ones I know of that will genuinely fly backwards for any distance. Probably, as the above Google post suggests, almost any bird can go backwards for a short distance in flight as an emergency measure, but I don't think any other species does it on a regular basis.

I'm happy to be corrected by anyone who knows more about this than I do.
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07-04-2011, 15:25   #6
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Also know as the Great Titted Chavinch. Likes to forrage for worms in urban areas at night.
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07-04-2011, 15:37   #7
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Hummingbirds are the only ones I know of that will genuinely fly backwards for any distance. Probably, as the above Google post suggests, almost any bird can go backwards for a short distance in flight as an emergency measure, but I don't think any other species does it on a regular basis.

I'm happy to be corrected by anyone who knows more about this than I do.
I have seen a Cuckoo fly backwards.
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07-04-2011, 15:40   #8
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I have seen a Cuckoo fly backwards.
On its way back into the clock, you mean?
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07-04-2011, 15:40   #9
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On its way back into the clock, you mean?
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07-04-2011, 15:42   #10
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On its way back into the clock, you mean?
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07-04-2011, 15:43   #11
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What about the oozalem bird?
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07-04-2011, 15:46   #12
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Have you ever seen an Oomigoolie bird?
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Also there's the Colemans bird.

It eats mustard all day and has to fly backwards to cool its a*** down.
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Have you ever seen an Oomigoolie bird?
Go on i'll fall for it.
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Also know as the Great Titted Chavinch. Likes to forrage for worms in urban areas at night.
Indeed scuba, and they often bite off more than they can chew
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Indeed scuba, and they often bite off more than they can chew
I think Black Birds fly backwards
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Go on i'll fall for it.

The Oomigoolie bird.
It's a fat bird with large testicles which lives in corn fields, it eats that much corn it can only fly to heights of about three feet.
When it is flying you can here it scream "OO MI GOOLIES" everytime it flies over a hedgerow.
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It's a fat bird with large testicles which lives in corn fields, it eats that much corn it can only fly to heights of about three feet.
When it is flying you can here it scream "OO MI GOOLIES" everytime it flies over a hedgerow.
Sounds a bit like the Ooh Aah bird that lays square eggs.
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I've seen wood pidgeons flying backwards
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I've seen wood pidgeons flying backwards
I've seen clay pigeons fly backwards.
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