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2009-06-10 12:16:58

According to a new study, male hummingbirds achieve speeds "faster than fighter jets." A researcher has taken pictures of the birds' dives with super fast cameras.  He was able to attract the males by using stuffed models of female birds. The birds filmed reached speeds of almost 400 body lengths per second. The courtship dives of male Anna's hummingbirds was recorded by Christopher Clark from the University of California - Berkeley on cameras able to capture 500 frames per second. He...

2008-10-01 18:00:37

By TOM BRUTON Can I grow strawberries in a pot? I've always planted them in the garden, but I saw a pretty strawberry pot at the local nursery and I'm wondering if they really work. One of the best things about strawberries (besides eating them) is that you can grow them in just about any sunny home garden. With a strawberry jar you can even grow these delicious berries on a balcony or patio. In Florida, Oct. 1 through Nov. 15 is the best time to plant strawberries. Start by filling the...

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...

2008-01-30 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...

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...

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...

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...

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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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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  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'