A Hummingbird’s Heart Rate vs a Human’s

Hummingbirds seem to move with such incredible speed.  This got me to wondering just how does a hummingbird’s heart rate compare with that of a human’s?  This post will offer an answer to this matter.

Just as I suspected, the heart rate of a hummingbird is indeed super fast.  Just how fast may astound you.  The heart rate of a hummingbird is 1,260 times per minute.

Comparatively, the human heart beats super slowly.    While at rest, the normal human heart beats between 60-100 times per minute.  In humans, as we age our resting heart rate will increase.  Children between the ages of 6-15 years of age usually have a resting heart rate of  70-100 beats per minute.  If someone is a well trained athlete, their heart rate may be as low as 40-60 beats per minute.

It is hard for me to imagine that it is possible for the hummingbird to actually survive the fact that its heart rate is so amazingly fast.  It is just one of the many examples of what the hummingbird does with great speed.

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