Friday, 21 June 2013

The Amazing Design of the Tiny Hummingbird

A Green Violet-ear. Image courtesy of Wikipedia (GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2).

Joel Kontinen

The nectar-loving hummingbird is tiny, but its features are truly amazing. It can flutter in one place while it sticks out its tongue to drink the juice a flower produces.

In a brief clip from the recently released documentary Flight: The Genius of Birds (produced by Illustra Media), Dr. Paul Nelson explains how a hummingbird uses its tongue to get at the nectar: