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2014-05-05 08:23:01

Celebrate the Annual Return of the Rufous Hummingbird and Help Them Survive the Harsh Spring SANTA BARBARA, Calif., May 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Rufous Hummingbird populations have dropped 60% since 1967. Unusual weather this year has encouraged some hummingbirds to migrate earlier than past years and they're arriving exhausted and hungry. What can be done right now to help them? Pollinator Queen, Noelle Meade-Izzi shares 5 tips on her website explaining how to attract and support...

First Comprehensive Map Of Hummingbirds' 22-million-year-old History
2014-04-04 13:03:27

Cell Press The first comprehensive map of hummingbirds' 22-million-year-old family tree—reconstructed based on careful analysis of 284 of the world's 338 known species—tells a story of rapid and ongoing diversification. The decade-long study reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on April 3 also helps to explain how today's hummingbirds came to live where they do. Part of the secret to the birds' remarkable success lies in the formation of nine principal groups or...

Rocky Mountain Wildflowers Have Changed Their Blooming Pattern In Response To Climate Change
2014-03-18 10:34:15

Heather Dewar, University of Maryland 39-year bloom count reveals a series of changes attributed to warmer climate A unique 39-year study of wildflower blooms in a Colorado Rocky Mountain meadow shows more than two-thirds of alpine flowers have changed their blooming pattern in response to climate change. Not only are half the flowers beginning to bloom weeks earlier, but more than a third are reaching their peak bloom earlier, and others are producing their last blooms later in the...

Hummingbirds Sometimes Change Their Tune To Attract A Mate
2014-02-15 05:49:23

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While scientists had long believed that male hummingbirds learned the song they use to attract mates at an early age and used that one vocalization their entire life, new research from biologists at New Mexico State University (NMSU) suggests that some species are capable of changing their tunes later on in life. According to a February 13 report from Stefan Sirucek of National Geographic, Marcelo Araya Salas and Timothy Wright...

2014-01-24 23:01:40

Feeding wild birds since 1958, Perky-Pet brand has made new and updated versions based on consumer feedback on some of their most coveted bird feeders! Lititz, PA (PRWEB) January 24, 2014 Perky-Pet® celebrates long-awaited enhancements of four of their most popular hummingbird feeders. Admired by bird feeding enthusiasts nation-wide, the featured improvements will have hobbyists clearing store shelves. Consumers asked for it, and Perky-Pet® listened by adding improved features...

Hummingbird Metabolism Burns Glucose And Fructose Equally
2013-12-06 07:38:21

University of Toronto Hummingbird metabolism is a marvel of evolutionary engineering. These tiny birds can power all of their energetic hovering flight by burning the sugar contained in the floral nectar of their diet. Now new research from the University of Toronto Scarborough shows they are equally adept at burning both glucose and fructose, which are the individual components of sugar; a unique trait other vertebrates cannot achieve. "Hummingbirds have an optimal fuel-use strategy...

2013-10-28 23:23:49

White-Hat SEO, High-Quality Content and Mobile Tailoring All Part of Adaptive Approach Los Angeles, Calif. (PRWEB) October 28, 2013 Following a recent update to the Google search algorithm named Hummingbird, the Internet marketing company ITC has identified numerous ways in which the update has strengthened its current strategies even further. Following careful research, the Internet marketing company has also adapted future plans to utilize new ways in which online marketing campaigns...

Google Looks To Fine-Tune Searches With Algorithm Overhaul
2013-09-27 08:54:27

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Google unveiled a major overhaul of its search engine on Thursday, saying it had updated its main search algorithm to give better answers to the increasingly complex queries it receives from Web users. The update, code-named “Hummingbird,” is the biggest change to Google’s search engine since early 2010, and could have a major impact on traffic to websites. "It is really big," said Google search executive Amit Singhal....

Bats Get Tongue Erections
2013-05-07 08:31:33

Watch the video "A Dynamic Nectar Mop" April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online What do busy janitors and nectar feeding bats have in common?  They both want to wipe up as much liquid as they can, as fast as they can. And it turns out, they both have specialized equipment for the job. A new study, led by Brown University, describes the previously undiscovered mechanism used by the bat, Glossophaga soricina, to slurp up extra nectar from within a flower: a tongue tip...

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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2009-06-17 12:18:47

Zauschneria (Epilobium canum) is a perennial species of willowherb native to the dry slopes of western North America. It grows best in well-drained soil exposed to full sun, yet protected from wind and requires little watering. Once having many subspecies, this plant now has only three recognized subspecies. The plant is named after Johann Baptista Josef Zauschner (1737-1799), a professor of medicine and botany in Prague. This plant grows to nearly 24 inches tall. Native populations...

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2009-01-20 21:24:50

The Bee Hummingbird (Mellisuga helenae) is a species of hummingbird, and the smallest of all birds, being only 2 inches long and weighing 1.8 grams (0.06 oz). It is found in Cuba where it is called the Zunzuncito. It is also found on the Isle of Youth. The male has a fiery green throat, iridescent gorget with elongated lateral plumes, bluish upper-parts, and the rest of the underparts mostly grayish white. The female is green above, whitish below with white tips to the outer tail...

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2008-08-13 17:24:58

The Collared Sunbird (Hedydipna collaris), formerly placed in the genus Nectarinia, is part of a group of very small Old World passerine birds. The Collared Sunbird is a common breeder across most of sub-Saharan Africa. It is mainly found in forests near water. It is a seasonal migrant within its range. Collared Sunbirds are tiny, only 3.5 to 4 inches long. They have short thin down-curved bills and brush-tipped tubular tongues, both adaptations to nectar feeding. The adult male has glossy...

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2005-09-07 20:42:22

The Hummingbird Hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum) is a species of hawk moth with a long proboscis. It is capable of hovering in place, as well as making an audible humming noise. These two features make it look remarkably like a hummingbird when it feeds on flowers. The forewings are brown and the hindwings are orange. The wingspan is 50-58 mm. Adults may be encountered at any time of the year, especially in the south of the range and two or more broods are produced each year. They fly...

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2005-07-14 00:56:38

Hawk moths (or Sphinx moths) are moths in the family Sphingidae. They are some of the fastest flying insects, capable of flying at over 30 miles per hour (50 km/h). They have a wingspan of 35-150 millimeters. Some hawk moths, like the hummingbird hawk moth, hover in midair while they feed on nectar from flowers and are sometimes mistaken for hummingbirds, even in continents where hummingbirds are not found. The larvae of most species of hawk moth have a "horn" at the posterior end. Because...

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