Hummingbirds: Jewelled Messengers
1 x 60'
This is the story of how hummingbirds became the ultimate creatures of the air. Hummingbirds live at the limits of what is possible. They have the highest metabolism – with a heart rate of 1,200 beats per minute – of any vertebrate. Their wings beat 50 times a second. They can hover on the spot, even fly backwards. To our eyes, they are just a blur. But with the aid of high-speed cameras we can slow down their hyperactive lives and look into their secret world.
It is a world of great beauty, full of colour and balletic flight. But it all came about because of flowers. Hummingbirds feed on nectar and in the process they pollinate the plants. Over millennia, hummingbirds have become smaller and more specialised. Today, some feed from only one or two plants; others have become so small they resemble insects. These extreme animals need to feed every 15 minutes, yet they manage to survive the night, and some fly for 20 hours, non-stop, over the ocean.
They are the most remarkable creatures to ever grace our planet. This film, with never-seen-before sequences, reveals them in a new light.
Terra Mater Factual Studios