Hummingbirds Use Their Delicate Beaks as Dagger-Like Weapons

November 5, 2014 1:27 PM

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Male hummingbirds use their beaks as deft, dagger-like weapons when fighting each other for territory, according to a study carried out by a group of scientists from the University of Connecticut and New Mexico State University.

The study, published in the journal Behavioral Ecology, focuses on the Long-billed hermit (Phaethornis longirostris) – a large species of hummingbird native to Costa Rica, central Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela and western Ecuador.

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