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This Video of a Hummingbird’s Feathers Will Blow Your Mind

Yes, I do apologize for the clickbait headline, but I found the video absolutely amazing. It shows what a male Anna’s Hummingbird’s feathers look like up close and from different directions.

The iridescent feathers almost make the hummingbird look like its morphing or changing colors like a chameleon. In reality, the perceived change in colors has to do with the way the light hits the feather’s structure. It’s similar to the fact that Blue Jays aren’t technically blue.

Timothy Martinez Jr. is a writer and freelance journalist. His work has been published in The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Remapping Debate in New York City and other publications. He’s been a bird lover since he was young and currently lives in New Orleans, L.A.