L. Arts Mini-Spark #4: Hummingbirds-Tiny Flying Machines


A flash of harmless lightning, A mist of rainbow dyes, The burnished sunbeams brightening From flower to flower he flies.  ~John Banister Tabb

Learn about these amazing tiny flying machines by completing the following…

  • Start by watching a video about hummingbirds: http://blogs.kqed.org/science/2015/03/31/what-happens-when-you-put-a-hummingbird-in-a-wind-tunnel/
  • Show what you learned by choosing two of the prompts to complete.  Post your response as a comment or email your response to the EY coordinator at your building.
    • Using many details, explain how a hummingbird hovers.
    • How does a hummingbird continue to hover in wind and rain? Explain the process for both.
    • What part of the video was most interesting to you and why?
    • What other questions do you have about hummingbirds?
  • Take it a step further by conducting research to find another animal that is in a symbiotic relationship.  Provide information about both parts of the relationship and how they support one another.

Image taken from https://openclipart.org/image/300px/svg_to_png/217285/hummingbird.png

4 thoughts on “L. Arts Mini-Spark #4: Hummingbirds-Tiny Flying Machines

  1. Hummingbirds hover by flapping their wings in a infinity loop movement. Hummingbirds can flap their wings in a infinity loop while other birds go up and down or front to back.
    Hummingbirds can fly in rain because they shake their body like a dog does. When it’s covered in rain, it shakes and the water comes off.

  2. I thought it was cool that they can hover for so long even when they are so tiny. I’m gonna learn more over the summer.

  3. Hummingbirds stay hovering because their wings flap in a figure 8 motion. In a storm, they would in addition, turn their bodies around and use their tail like a rudder. It will also shake off rain from its body like a wet dog.

    I wonder if they ever get tired of flapping their wings and have to land?

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