Hummingbirds Use Their Beaks To Stab Each Other, But They Have Their Reasons

November 5, 2014 5:17 PM

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That makes the hummingbird the first bird known to use its bill as a weapon. What's more, the finding has ornithologists rethinking ideas about the evolution of the tiny birds.

"Historically, bird beaks have been the prime example of adaptation through natural selection, such as in the textbook example of Darwin’s finches,” lead author Dr. Alejandro Rico-Guevara, a research associate in the department of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Connecticut in ...

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