Tiny and jewel-like, hummingbirds are “super-birds.” They beat their wings 80 times per second and fly backwards and upside down. And that’s only the start.
Next Wednesday we’ll get to see these super birds at their best on PBS NATURE’s season premiere: Super Hummingbirds.
Filmed in Colombia, Peru and Costa Rica, the program showcases surprising information about hummingbirds’ lives.
- Their tongues open lengthwise to gather nectar using unique forked tips.
- Many live high-speed lives in thin air at 16,000 feet in the Andes Mountains.
- Male long-billed hermit hummingbirds in Costa Rica gather in leks to sing for a mate.
A side trip to Arizona captured the Costa’s hummingbird courtship ritual. During the male’s sky dance he splays out his purple gorget to impress his potential mate. The screenshot below is just a hint at his beauty. He’s amazing in the video.