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Old 01-24-2011, 02:21 PM   #1
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Every birder knows that hummingbirds have a symbiotic relationship with certain wildflowers. ...

Hummingbirds and “hummingbird” plants make such an eye-catching ecology lesson that textbook authors repeat it in book after book, and birders often fail to see that it’s not the whole story.

... Wagner concluded that insects and spiders were far more important in hummingbird diets than is generally understood and that nectar was not as essential as many authorities believed. ...
Not All Sweetness and Light - Autumn 2010 Living Bird, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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Old 01-24-2011, 07:00 PM   #2
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Very interesting article, Cirsium. I'd always read about hummers picking insects off of sticky plants, but never imagined they catch them in flight. Cool to know.
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I once posted this here on WG, but people didn't believe me! Thanks for the article, Cirsium!
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Old 01-25-2011, 12:17 PM   #4
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PBS has a very incredible video on hummingbirds:

Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air - Introduction | Nature

Web-Exclusive Video: Behind the Scenes - Ann Prum - Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air | Nature

I like the fact that they eat the nats that buzz my head during the summer. I've seen them eating fruit flies, too.
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