How the Hummingbird Wields Its Snake-Like Tongue | ScienceTake

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How the Hummingbird Wields Its Snake-Like Tongue | ScienceTake
Hummingbirds do everything in a hurry when they drink nectar, their tongue sticks in and out 15 times a second or faster, the nectar, Russia’s up to grooves in the bird’s tongue, which is like a snakes that was fun to happen through capillary action. The way liquid moves up a narrow straw without suction but University of Connecticut researchers say that’s not how it works. Using feet, set up a natural environments, high-speed video. They showed that the tongue works like a kind of pump in the birds. Beaks a tongue is compressed and it stays that way as it shoots out once it reaches the nectar. It Springs open. I’M at rapid expansion draws up the fluid it’s a new Wrinkle in the evolution of birds, flowers and very strange tongues.
Scientists at the University of Connecticut used high-speed cameras to investigate the mechanics of a hummingbird’s tongue, which is forked at the end and works like a pump for retrieving nectar. Watch this 2015 episode of ScienceTake for more.

Read the story here: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/08/science/the-hummingbirds-tongue-how-it-works.html

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