Latest Trochilidae Stories

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...

Climate Change Impacts High-Elevation Plants
2012-07-16 07:19:53

Derek Walter for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Climate change is causing flowers in high elevations to bloom nearly two weeks faster than they did decades ago, according to a recent study. Drummond´s rockcress and glacier lily are among a number of flowers that are blooming much earlier than they did in the past. According to the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London - Biological Series study, such changes are most likely to be the result of the Earth´s warmer...

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...

2012-04-19 23:00:23

Hummingbirds are one of the most interesting species of birds and they have dazzling, iridescent colors. Duncraft offers these eight great tips so anyone can attract and enjoy these amazing “flying jewels” in their backyard. Concord, NH (PRWEB) April 19, 2012 Hummingbirds are one of the most interesting species of birds. They can hover, fly forward, backward and up and down. Not to mention their dazzling, iridescent colors. Duncraft offers these eight great tips so anyone...

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...

Hummingbirds Shake Their Heads To Stay Dry
2011-11-10 06:30:25

[ Video 1 ] | [ Video 2 ] | [ Video 3 ] Researchers from University of California - Berkeley have revealed that hummingbirds shake their heads to get rid of water when it rains. The team used slow-motion footage to reveal how a hummingbird copes with rainy weather.  The cameras show that the bird shakes it head with acceleration that can reach a g-force of 34. "It is the extreme mobility - its head is going through 180 degrees in a 10th of a second or less - it is just...

Hummingbird Males All A-Flutter During Courtship
2011-09-09 05:29:31

How the fluttering feathers of some hummingbird species generate courtship sounds [ View the Video ] Though famous for their mid-air hovering during hunting, tiny hummingbirds have another trait that is literally telltale: males of some hummingbird species generate loud sounds with their tail feathers while courting females. Now, for the first time, the cause of these sounds has been identified: a paper published in the Sep. 9, 2011 issue of Science by Christopher Clark of Yale...

2011-07-19 11:30:00

Biologists and engineers team up to unlock the secret to the hummingbird's 'snap-buckling' beak The shape of a hummingbird's beak allows for a "controlled elastic snap" that allows it to snatch up flying insects in a mere fraction of a second "”with greater speed and power than could be achieved by jaw muscles alone, says a new study in a forthcoming issue of Journal of Theoretical Biology. Hummingbird beaks are built to feed on flowers, but hummingbirds can't live on nectar alone. To...

2011-07-11 08:06:00

LOS ANGELES, July 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Customers and fans of Robeks whole fruit, premium smoothies are flocking to the company's Facebook page this month to capture the wing-flapping energy of the brand's legendary brand symbol - it's cheerful hummingbird - in a naming contest that continues through the end of July. The grand prize winner will receive smoothies for a year while four runners-up will be awarded $50 gift cards. To drive customer involvement, Robeks will select the...

2010-05-24 07:35:00

MISSOULA, Mont., May 24 /PRNewswire/ -- "Each and every person who sees this film, falls in love with it!" the judges said. Receiving a standing ovation by 900 schoolchildren, "wow" was heard throughout the historic Wilma Theater in the heart of downtown Missoula, Montana. The nature film, "First Flight: A Mother Hummingbird's Story," wins Best of Category, Independent, as well as several Merit Awards including Merit Award for Storytelling, Merit Award for Educational Value, Merit Award...

Latest Trochilidae Reference Libraries

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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Word of the Day
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'