Nature

Secret of the Hummingbird's Tongue

Clip: Season 35 Episode 1 | 4m 18s

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.

Aired: 10/12/16

Rating: NR

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