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2008-09-02 21:00:25

By Chris Arpe Gang Memphians have often made the 30-mile trip to Holly Springs, Miss., to wander through the historic homes and churches that have been so carefully preserved in the charming city of about 8,000 residents. Since 1998, visitors have been able to combine encounters with nature and antebellum architecture at Strawberry Plains Audubon Center a few miles north of the town square. Sisters Margaret Finley Shackelford and Ruth Finley bequeathed their 2,500-acre farm and 1850s...

2008-07-27 09:00:24

It was the noon rush hour at Dennis McClenny's hummingbird restaurant in Pungo recently. The little birds were zooming in and out of the area around McClenny's back deck where 10 feeders serve up the day's sugar water special. Grown-ups - males with their bright red throats and females without - along with many smaller youngsters with shorter tails were eager to dine. The birds were not content to wait their turn at the table. Squabbling with irritated squeaks, they would fly in, come...

2008-02-01 16:39:10

The chirps and beeps of hummingbirds at times come from their tails. Male Anna's hummingbirds — the West Coast's most common hummingbird — perform spectacular dive-bomber displays for females during breeding season, with their tail feathers vibrating like a reed in a clarinet as a result to make the sounds, scientists explained. "The Anna's hummingbird is the only hummingbird for which we know all the details, but there are a number of other species with similarly...

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2008-01-30 12:50:39

The source of the noise which the Anna's hummingbird emits has been a long-lived topic of debate among ornithologists.  This particular species of hummingbird, which is native to the West Coast of the United States, makes a loud, brief chirp when he dives to impress female hummingbirds and entice them into mating. Christopher Clark and Teresa Feo of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at the University of California at Berkely decided to set up cameras and watch the hummingbird to find the...

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2007-12-19 09:00:00

By Emily Murphy in Paris The "rediscovery" of a stunningly-preserved 30 million-year-old hummingbird fossil in southern France has deepened the mystery of why these fragile creatures disappeared from Europe and now exist only on the American continent. The fossil was originally found by an amateur palaeontologist at the end of the 1980s in the Luberon national park in Provence. It then lay in his private collection for a number of years, unknown to the wider world and as good as...

2007-09-22 11:27:31

BELOIT, Wis. -- Birdwatchers are descending on a rural area near this southern Wisconsin community following the sighting of what is believed to be a green-breasted mango, a type of hummingbird commonly seen in parts of Mexico and Central America. "It's really just an astonishing occurrence," Chuck Hagner, editor of Birder's World magazine published in Brookfield, said of the bird being spotted this far north. "It would be rare if this bird showed up on the Mexican border in Arizona," added...

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2006-03-06 08:10:00

LONDON -- Although they have brains about the size of a grain of rice, hummingbirds have superb memories when it comes to food, according to research on Monday. No bird-brains these tiny creatures that weigh 20 grams (0.7 ounces) or less and feed on nectar and insects. The research, reported in the journal Current Biology, suggests they not only remember their food sources but can plan with a certain amount of precision. "To our knowledge, this is the first demonstration that animals in...

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2005-07-27 06:12:39

LUBBOCK, Texas -- The recent sighting of a rare hummingbird has bird biologists in Texas almost giddy. A white-eared hummingbird spotted in Lubbock earlier this month was the first to be seen in the South Plains and Panhandle regions, according to the Llano Estacado Audubon Society. Eight others have been seen in West Texas this year. Between 1972 and the end of last year, only 14 had been sighted in Texas. "This is a real explosive jump in our numbers," said Mark Klym, who coordinates the...

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2005-06-23 13:00:54

CORVALLIS, Ore. "“ Humans with an appreciation of beauty may have marveled for millennia at the artistry of a darting hummingbird, but scientists announced today that for the first time they can more fully explain how a hummingbird can hover. Using a powerful technology that was originally developed for engineering, researchers were able to exactly document the movement of air around a hummingbird's wings and show how its flight is accomplished with the body structure of a bird but some...

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2005-06-22 16:44:11

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Hummingbirds hover by flapping their wings a bit like insects and a bit like other birds, and now a super-fast camera has made an image of the technique, scientists reported on Wednesday. A team of U.S. researchers found that hummingbirds manage to hover in air for long periods by supporting 75 percent of their weight during their wings' down stroke and 25 percent on the up stroke. Other birds support all of their weight on the down stroke for slow flight and...


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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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