A hummingbird is a small bird that hovers in the air and collects nectar from flowers. The hummingbird’s long beak is specially adapted to reach the nectar deep inside the flower. While the hummingbird is drinking the nectar, pollen from the flower’s stamen rubs off on the bird’s head.
When the hummingbird visits another flower, some of that pollen rubs off onto the pistil of the flower, fertilizing the flower’s ovules. This process of transferring pollen from the male parts of a flower to the female parts is called pollination.
1. Hummingbirds are attracted to flowers by their color.
a flower 1. The colors of flowers attract hummingbirds. The bird is drawn to the flower by its color and shape. The hummingbird will then land on the flower and insert its beak into the flower to reach the nectar. While the bird is feeding, its feathers brush against the pollen-covered stamens of the flower. Some of the pollen sticks to the bird’s feathers. The bird then flies to another flower and the process is repeated. In this way, the hummingbird pollinates the flower.
2. Hummingbirds drink nectar from flowers using their long beaks.
Hummingbirds are one of the most important pollinators in the world. They drink nectar from flowers using their long beaks, and in doing so, they transfer pollen from the stamen of one flower to the pistil of another. This process, known as cross-pollination, is essential for the reproduction of many plant species. without hummingbirds, many of these plants would simply cease to exist.
3. While drinking nectar, hummingbirds brush against the flowers’ pollen-covered anthers, picking up pollen on their heads.
a flower While drinking nectar from a flower, hummingbirds will brush against the pollen-covered anthers. This picks up pollen on their heads, which they will then transfer to the next flower they visit. In this way, hummingbirds help to pollinate the flowers.
4. Hummingbirds then transfer the pollen to other flowers as they drink nectar from them, pollinating the flowers.
a flower A hummingbird will fly from flower to flower, drinking nectar from each one. As the hummingbird drinks, pollen from the flower will stick to the hummingbird’s head, legs, or body. The hummingbird will then transfer the pollen to another flower as it drinks nectar from that flower, pollinating the flower.
A hummingbird’s long, thin beak is perfectly adapted for reaching nectar at the bottom of long, tubular flowers. When the hummingbird sticks its beak into the flower to drink the nectar, its head brushes against the pollen-covered stamen, leaving pollen on the bird’s head. When the hummingbird visits another flower for nectar, some of that pollen is transferred to the pistil of the flower, fertilizing the flower’s ovules and allowing the plant to produce seeds.