The Physics of Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air
Video Segments

These brief video segments can be used alone or in combination, to introduce a topic or to spark discussion among your students. The video segments can be adapted for any grade level. Stream the video segments from the players below, or scroll to the bottom of the page to find downloadable QuickTime versions of the videos. These videos are also used in the lesson plan The Physics of Hummingbirds (Grades 9-12).

Excerpts from the NATURE episode, Hummingbirds: Magic In The Air

Flight Patterns

The Heat is On

Making Waves

The Light Fantastic

Downloadable QuickTime versions of the video segments:
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Video Clips
1. Flight Patterns
This clip explains how hovering gives humming birds unique flight capabilities.

2. The Heat is On
This clip explains how hummingbirds’ torpor allows them to conserve heat and energy.

3. Making Waves
This clips explores the unique “chirp” of the Anna’s hummingbird.

4. The Light Fantastic
This clip describes the colors produced by iridescent hummingbird feathers.

  • Conrad Baum

    I enjoyed the Show this past Sunday (9-19-10) on Humming Birds on channel 8.

    Please tell me the name of the female person that wrote the book and created the DVD. I am interested in accurring a copy of each.
    I heard a statement that the ratio for making nectar was 1 to 1, Everyone that I know that feeds the Hummers and in the books that I do have state the ratio are 1 part suger and 4 parts water.

    Please advise.

    Thank you.


  • Joe Tarver

    I watched Hummingbirds again when it was on tonight on Channel 13 in NYC. It’s a great show. The appearance of Hummingbirds in the Gulf Coast region of the U.S. is not recent as the show suggests. I grew up in Port Arthur, Texas on the Texas/Louisiana coast in the 1960s — not that far from Baton Rouge which is profiled in the show — and I saw hummingbirds back then every year. Whether en route to Mexico or Central America or on their way back up north they have long liked the Gulf Coast.

  • Ann Marie Latchford

    What a wonderful show! I stumbled upon Hummingbirds and was amazed with the every second of the show. Kodos to everyone who was responsible in the creation of this show.

    Best wishes for a healthy new year.

  • ben

    I liked the part when the humming birds dived and the scientists were out.

    This is one of my favorite nature videos. It’s fun. I want you to watch it.

  • Delal

    I love it!!:))

  • Le’ Sean

    I wonder how well a hummingbird will perform in turbulent currents. They can absorb light and exhibit particular colours. Its flight and hovering speaks for it self.

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