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
The Heat is On
The Light Fantastic
Downloadable QuickTime versions of the video segments:
(Note: To download a video, right click on the video title and click “Save Link As…’ or “Save Target As…”. On a Mac, press the CTRL key and simultaneously click the mouse, then save the link.)
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.