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New Fossil Helps Explain Evolution Of Hummingbird Flight
2013-05-01 13:38:41

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a recently published study in“¯Proceedings of the Royal Society B, a small bird fossil found in Wyoming could be the link that connects the evolutionary dots between hummingbirds and swifts. Because the fossil had unusually well-preserved feathers, the scientists said they were able to create an approximate reconstruction that would not have been possible with fossilized bones alone. "This fossil bird...


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2008-11-29 21:05:03

The African Palm Swift (Cypsiurus parvus), is a species of swift found in tropical Africa. They spend most of their time in the air, living on insects which it collects in flight. They often feed near the ground, and drink on the wing. This 6.25 inch long species is mainly pale brown in color. It has long swept-back wings that resemble a crescent or a boomerang. The body is slender, and the tail is long and deeply forked, although it is usually held closed. The call is a loud, shrill...

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2008-11-29 20:54:52

The White-throated Needle tail (Hirundapus caudacutus), also known as the Needle-tailed Swift or Spine-tailed Swift, is a large bird found in central Asia and southern Siberia. This species is migratory, wintering south to Australia. It is a rare vagrant in western Europe, but has been recorded as far west as Norway, Sweden and Great Britain. This is a bird of rocky hills. This is a large bird, similar in size to the Alpine Swift, but different in build, with a heavier barrel-like body....

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2008-11-29 19:27:30

The White-rumped Swift (Apus caffer), is a species of swift that is similar to a house martin, but is completely unrelated to that species. They are native to sub-Saharan Africa, and have expanded into Morocco and southern Spain. The wintering grounds of those that migrate is not well known. Only the tropical African populations are year-round residents. The White-rumped Swift is 5.5 to 6 inches long and has a short forked tail and long swept-back wings that resemble a boomerang or...

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