Wednesday 6th December 2017
Hummingbirds; Aztecs called them rays of the sun and in Brazil they are known as flower kissers. There are more than 300 living species, from the tiny bee hummingbird (the weight of a paperclip) to the giant Patagonian. Everything about hummers is extreme; their astonishing colours, 1000 beat-a-minute heart-rate, fearless aggression and, above all, breathtaking flying abilities. They are the only bird that can fly backwards. This talk looks one of the world’s most iconic birds.
image: Copper-rumped Hummingbird (Mike Leach)