• Hummingbirds in Combat

    11 days ago - By Ornithology

    Hummingbirds fight; that's obvious to anyone who has watched them at a hummingbird feeder. And their bills are made for fighting as well as feeding. The bills are long and sharp and can be use to thrust, parry, and pluck the feathers of an opponent. They are also made for sucking up nectar. Fighting is most intense in the spring when males are establishing territories and competing for females. Males tend to be more aggressive but females can be a little feisty when they are on their nests. Hummingbirds don't really want to fight, that's a last resort. So they will call first, making...
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