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Hummingbirds, jewelled messengers

Saturday 06th October 2012 from 14h00 to 15h30
Salle 2 / Grand Amphithéâtre

Directed by
Paul Reddish
Written by
Paul Reddish
Produced by
Terra Mater Factual Studios GmbH - Free Spirit Film Production

Documentary, Austria, 2012, 52 min

Buffon PrizeWill be screened again : Friday 05th October 2012 from 14h00 to 15h30

This is the story of how hummingbirds became the greatest aerial acrobats on earth. Plants ‘created’ hummingbirds as their messengers, carrying pollen from flower to flower. The film follows the evolution of the birds, as they are shaped by their role as ‘go-betweens’. Hummingbirds have the highest metabolism of any vertebrate. They can hover, fly backwards and even backwards and upside down. They have the smallest warm-blooded creature on earth in their number. These glittering birds live on the edge of what is possible, even going into a kind of hibernation each night, and all because of plants.


Debate with :

  • Pierre-Yves Henri, ornithologist at the Muséum

Know more

  • A second screening of the film will also take place Friday 5 October at 2 p.m. at the Auditorium of the Museum (school session).