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NATURE

S35 Ep1: Secret of the Hummingbird's Tongue

  • Aired: 10/12/2016
  • 04:18
  • Rating: NR
Instead of drinking through a straw-like structure, as many insects do, hummingbirds use their tongues' to lap up nectar. In just a second or so, a hummer can drink up all the liquid a flower has to offer. High-speed macro photography has now revealed how they do it.
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S35 Ep1: Secret of the Hummingbird's Tongue
S35 Ep1: Secret of the Hummingbird's Tongue
Hummingbirds can lap up all of a flower's nectar in seconds. Here's how they do it.
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