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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...

2012-07-24 23:01:52

Duncraft is always looking for exciting products for their customers and Pop´s Hummingbird Swing is definitely different. Hummingbirds readily use the swing and customers can place it anywhere they want to get the best view of these tiny birds. Concord, NH (PRWEB) July 24, 2012 Duncraft is always looking for exciting products for their customers and Pop´s Hummingbird Swing is definitely different. Hummingbirds readily use the swing and customers can place it anywhere they want to...

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2012-06-03 07:39:12

The glacier lily as it's called, is a tall, willowy plant that graces mountain meadows throughout western North America. It flowers early in spring, when the first bumblebees and hummingbirds appear. Or did. The lily, a plant that grows best on subalpine slopes, is fast becoming a hothouse flower. In Earth's warming temperatures, its first blooms appear some 17 days earlier than they did in the 1970s, scientists David Inouye and Amy McKinney of the University of Maryland and colleagues...

2012-03-27 23:00:05

So tiny and secretive during nesting season, a hummingbird building a nest and raising chicks is something most people will never see. But Duncraft´s Hummingbird Nester and nesting materials may lure hummingbirds into backyards where all the activity can be witnessed first-hand. Concord, NH (PRWEB) March 27, 2012 A hummingbird´s nest is about the size of half a walnut shell and well-camouflaged with lichens and moss and held together with spider webs. The stretchy spider webs...

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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...


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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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2005-06-14 11:56:08

The Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna) is a medium-sized hummingbird with glossy green backs and grey undersides and green flanks. Their bill is long, straight and slender. The adult male has a glossy red crown and throat and a dark tail. Females and juveniles have a green crown, a grey throat with some red marking and a dark tail with white tips. Their breeding habitat is open wooded or shrubby areas and mountain meadows along the Pacific coast from British Columbia to Arizona. The female...

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2005-06-02 09:32:14

The Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) is a small hummingbird characterized by its long, straight and very slender bill. The adult male has a white breast, rufous face, upperparts, flanks and tail and an iridescent orange-red throat patch (gorget). Some males have some green on back and/or crown. The female has green upperparts, white underparts, some iridescent orange feathers in the center of the throat, and a dark tail with white tips and rufous base. Females and the rare...

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