The Detail In This Hummingbird Photograph Is Unreal

Scotland-based photographer Chris Morgan captured this remarkable macro shot of a hummingbird while visiting Bosque De Paz Nature Reserve in Costa Rica. In case you were wondering: Yes, that is Morgan's reflection in the hummingbird's eye. » 7/18/14 8:00pm 7/18/14 8:00pm

These super slow-motion clips of birds flying are awesome

Stanford University researchers want to build better flying robots. In order to eventually do this, they are filming birds in flight (including hummingbirds) using an ultra-high-speed video camera. Some of the clips they've acquired are nothing short of amazing. » 7/05/13 9:30am 7/05/13 9:30am

How do you explain the hummingbird's bizarre tongue?

Last year, high-speed footage of hummingbirds drinking overthrew the centuries-old notion that the birds feed using capillary action. Instead, it turns out the birds trap the nectar by curling their tongue around it. Now, new research in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B has shown that there might have been some… » 10/18/12 10:31am 10/18/12 10:31am

Hummingbirds dive to sing with their tails

Many birds sing to woo females, but some hummingbirds go to great lengths to do so. They climb to between 5 and 40 metres before plummeting past perched females in death-defying dives. They pull up at the last minute, spread their tail feathers and produce a loud chirpy song. The song comes not from the birds' mouths,… » 9/11/11 2:30pm 9/11/11 2:30pm

Robotic hummingbird is right out of a James Bond film

Here's footage of AeroVironment's Nano Hummingbird, which was built with DARPA funding. This robot bird was built to be a spy ornithopter, can fly at a speed of 11 miles per hour, and weighs as much as a AA battery. Here are the traits DARPA required of this mechanical bird: » 2/19/11 11:30am 2/19/11 11:30am