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Old 04-13-2010, 12:22 PM   #1
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hummer A Well-Defended Territory Is What Some Female Hummingbirds Find Most Attractive in a Mate

A Well-Defended Territory Is What Some Female Hummingbirds Find Most Attractive in a Mate
Apr. 7, 2010

A well-defended territory is what some female hummingbirds find most attractive in a mate
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When it comes to attracting a mate, flowers and sweets often do the trick -- even for one of the world's smallest birds -- the purple throated carib, a hummingbird species native to the mountainous islands of the Eastern Caribbean. Scientists recently discovered that it is in the best interest of male purple-throated caribs to defend and maintain a territory with a high density of nectar-producing flowers. Why? Because it is the quality of this territory -- rather than flashy plumage or elaborate courtship displays -- that attracts the most females.

John Kress, a botanist at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, and Ethan Temeles, an ornithologist and biology professor at Amherst College in Massachusetts, have spent several years researching...
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Old 06-03-2010, 02:58 PM   #2
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Location, location, location...not so different from humans as far as how they choose a house to live in. But not so much on choosing a mate...although a house in a nice area would certainly help!
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