Examining The Hummingbird Tongue

  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    Embed <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/136717695/136717674" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
  • Transcript

Hummingbirds can extend their tongues great distances — in some cases the length of their heads — to retrieve nectar. Biologist Margaret Rubega, of the University of Connecticut, explains how the structure of the hummingbird tongue traps liquid, and the evolution tales tongues tell.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.