Hummingbirds Use Their Beaks as Weapons

November 4, 2014 6:05 PM

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Hummingbirds Use Their Beaks as Weapons

New information about hummingbirds may leave them in need of PR representation in order to reclaim their image as sweet little pacifistic flappers sampling flower nectar.

A study published recently in the journal Behavioral Ecology found that male long-billed hermit hummingbirds, tropical natives of Costa Rica, use their beaks as weapons to stab each other in the throat in the mating game, lending new insight into the evolution of the birds.

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