Just recently, while doing some research on the subject of hummingbirds, I discovered that the hummingbirds take off is far different then most other species of bird. Did you know this? Prior to this research, I did not. Here’s how the hummingbirds take off is different.
Most birds take off by leaping into the air by pushing away from their perch, but the hummingbird lifts off by rapidly moving its wings — gaining as much by the upward stroke as the downward stroke — actually pulling their branch perch upwards before they let go.
This information is from “Hummingbird,” The International Wildlife Encyclopedia, 1969, Vol. 9, p. 1136.