I was at a pub quiz
There was a question which stumped me
Which other bird beside the Humming Bird can fly backwards ?
The answer was the cuckoo !
I don't believe this
Can anyone enlighten me
Thank you

Hi Rod,

we actually had a question about birds flying backwards a while back (http://www.askabiologist.org.uk/punbb/v … php?id=256).

To the best of my knowledge there is no evidence for cuckoos flying backwards (at least relative to the air). They may fly slowly into a strong headwind so they are flying backwards relative to the ground (many birds do this - kestrels, terns, flycatchers, etc), but relative to the air they fly forwards (so it's a bit like running slowly on a treadmill - they look like they're moving backwards but actually they are still moving forwards).

Unless your pub-quiz master has some very persuasive source material, feel free to tell them that they are wrong and direct them here if they want to discuss it further.