Male hummingbirds use beaks to stab throats

November 5, 2014 6:03 PM

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Male hummingbirds use beaks to stab throats

In this June 10, 2008, photo provided by Terry Sohl, a male ruby-throated hummingbird feeds at a honeysuckle plant in Brandon, SD. (AP Photo/Terry Sohl)

Bigger is better if you're a male hummingbird. Scientists have discovered that males grow longer, sharper beaks than females as they age—which they then use to stab each other in the throat during an elaborate mating ritual, according to research carried out by University of Connecticut scientists.

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