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Caligo Ventures, a program of the top-rated Naturalist Journeys birding and wildlife travel company, announces a new series of four summer seminars based out of Trinidad’s renowned Asa Wright
This tropical plant is super picky about who can pollinate it and provides the first proof ever that plants possess the ability to recognize pollinators.
Hummingbirds rely on their ability to hover in order to feed off the nectar of flowers. It's an incredible feat of flying requiring mind boggling visual processing power
One of the many reasons why hummingbirds are so enchanting is the mystery of how they are able to move as they do, hovering near flowers as they consume nectar before darting with incredible speed to the next plant.
While most hummingbirds primarily use their beaks to drink nectar from flowers, male long-billed hermit hummingbirds also use theirs as weapons during mating.
Unlike many types of birds, hummingbirds not only have the ability to detect sweetness, they also have a craving for sugary substances, and now the authors of a new Science study have discovered the biological reason why these tiny flying creatures differ from their avian counterparts.
Hummingbird wings are more efficient than even the highest-quality helicopter blades when it comes to generating lift, according to new research appearing in the current issue of the Journal of the Royal Society: Interface.
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%
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.
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
- Any of various tropical Old World birds of the family Indicatoridae, some species of which lead people or animals to the nests of wild honeybees. The birds eat the wax and larvae that remain after the nest has been destroyed for its honey.