HUMMINGBIRDS - JEWELS OF THE ANDES
HUMMINGBIRDS - JEWELS OF THE ANDES
Teresa Clare, Hans Giffhorn, HEINZ VON MATTHEY
Germany / 2003 / 50'
HUMMINGBIRDS - JEWELS OF THE ANDES
Teresa Clare, Hans Giffhorn, HEINZ VON MATTHEY
Germany / 2003 / 50'

Anyone who has seen for the first time tiny hummingbird must have wondered whether it is an insect or a bird. Its glittering iridescent plumage makes it one of the most unusual and precious species of the South American rainforests. In ancient time the south American Indians believed this small bird had magical powers and they used its feathers for splendid decorations and ceremonial dress. Later its value increased to such an extent that Christopher Columbus, a few years after the to the Pople. But the fascination and mystery that has surrounded hummingbirds for centuries still exists today. More than 320 variants inhabit Ecuador, in the region from the forest to the perpetual snows of Chimborazo. Their ability to adapt to different surroundings and temperatures has renewed the interest for the life of this tiny acrobat of the air. Juan Carlos Matheus is an ornithologist who lives and works in a remote valley of the Andes and he has been studying hummingbirds for years.

Directors

Teresa Clare

Hans Giffhorn

HEINZ VON MATTHEY

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