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What Happens When You Put a Hummingbird in a Wind Tunnel?

Most hummingbirds weight less than a nickel. Hummingbirds have the highest metabolism of any warm-blooded animal. They are the only birds that can fly sideways and backwards. They hover expertly, too. These are just s...

Helen Ahpornsiri’s intricate pressed fern illustrations

Assembled with patience, imagination, and a steady hand, Helen Ahpornsiri creates intricate pressed fern illustrations of honey bees, pheasants, magpies, spiny seahorses, weevils, moths, Totoros, and other creatures. ...

The silent flight superpower of a stealthy predator: The Owl

It would be hard to escape a predator that has night vision, excellent hearing, and can swoop down upon prey in complete silence. In this clip from Owl Power, via Nature on PBS, an 11 year old barn owl named Kensa pro...

Four anamorphic paintings on a sculpture of glass: emulsifier

Rotate around a sculpture of 160 hand-painted glass strips to discover what image appears on each side. This is emulsifier, an anamorphic set of four paintings by Thomas Medicus. We love when visuals become s...

Wonders in the Sky: A murmuration of starlings in slow motion

When a seemingly-delicate, shimmering flock of starlings moves like a cloud of living smoke in the sky, it's called a murmuration. The video above, filmed in in Utrecht, The Netherlands by Alpaca Media, is a beautiful...

The Scaredy Swan

The Scaredy Swan, an Acme Filmworks-produced animated short by Burcu Sankur and Geoffrey Godet, tells the story of a swan that's afraid to get into the water, and the "help" a bee gives him in joining his six friends ...

British birds created with LEGO (and made an official set)

Originally hand-crafted with bricks from a wide variety of LEGO sets, LEGO fan and bird enthusiast Thomas Poulsom pieced together a series of beautiful British birds as a tribute to the natural world that he wants to ...

Among the stone pile nests of Gentoo Penguins

Watch and listen as these Gentoo Penguins breed, feed, and waddle among their stone pile nests in colonies around the sub-Antarctic islands. Gentoo females lay two eggs, and both parents share nest and offspring care....

It’s Okay to Be Smart: Where Do Birds Go In Winter?

Where do birds go for the winter, and when did we first figure out where they were disappearing to every year? Do they go to the moon, or are they off to fight battles with goat-riding armies? (Spoiler alert: Those th...

More Evidence Birds Can Count: Where’d that other mealworm go?

Researchers are eagerly tricking wild New Zealand robins, but it's FOR SCIENCE! Watch as this box with a sliding trick drawer helps Alexis Garland and Jason Low at Victoria University of Wellington observe the behavio...

How do cliff swallows build their mud pellet nests?

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, watch as some cliff swallows gather small chunks of mud from the water's edge, and then, against a cliffside or man-made wall, stack the mud pellets around themselves like 1,000 dr...

Breakfast with a Cassowary

What's it like to live in a tropical rainforest? In this Wild Diaries travel video, Sue Gregory explains her connection with the native wildlife and the boundless plant growth that envelops Cassowary House, her family...

The Kakapo: The world’s only flightless parrot is a very rare bird

Meet the Kakapo: a flightless, herbivorous, nocturnal parrot that also happens to be the world’s heaviest parrot, possibly the oldest living bird, and a critically endangered animal. In 2009, there were only 19 kakapo...

A Forest Year: Time lapse videos of Earth’s cycle of the seasons

Watch the seasons change in this 15 month time lapse made from 40,000 still images, via GrrlScientist: A Forest Year by videographer Samuel Orr. During a stay in a remote Indiana cabin, while on location to work o...

The Black Egret’s Umbrella Trick

Attracting the fish and making them easier to spot in the shade, black egrets create a dome or umbrella shape as they walk carefully in the shallow water. During a 2010 outing, EarthTouch filmed a moment with nature's...

Male Blue Manakins wait in line to impress a female

Taking turns with other suitors, male Blue Manakins seem to wait in a relatively polite line before briefly but repeatedly trying to impress their potential mate. Almost blending into the trees with her green feath...

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Bird Song Hero

How can you train your brain to recognize and remember bird songs? The All About Bird Biology team at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has come up with a way to visualize bird vocalizations: Bird Song Hero. Want to test...

The Burrowing Owl’s Cozy Underground Home

Owls that live underground! The Burrowing Owl's Cozy Home is a vacant prairie dog hole, a cool alternative (around 59F or 15C) to the extreme heat above ground. They eat small rodents, insects, amphibians, and reptile...

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