The nature of hummingbirds

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Dr Sue Healy of the School of Biology, and fellow researcher Andy Hurly from the University of Lethbridge have been filming a documentary about animal cognition in the wild for the prestigious nature series The Nature of Things.  They helped filmmakers to capture spectacular slow motion footage of male rufous hummingbirds doing a “timing” experiment, where they learn the re-fill rates of artificial flowers and time their visits accordingly.

The show will air in Canada on CBC in late Autumn, and should appear on UK screens after that.

For more photos and details of the documentary shoot on the Insect Behavioural Ecology blog