Watch this quick and fun TED-Ed video on hummingbird flight! Assistant Teaching Professor Kristiina Hurme and Assistant Professor Alejandro Rico-Guevara wrote the script, while graduate student Alyssa Sargent created the educational materials.
In just a matter of seconds, hummingbirds can perform astonishing aerial acrobatics, eat lunch in midair, pollinate a flower, even escape threats while upside-down. And they can do this all while achieving sustained hovering flight— an aerial feat no other bird can perform. How do they do it? Kristiina J. Hurme and Alejandro Rico-Guevara explore the incredible flying capabilities of hummingbirds.