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Image of the Day: Feather Mites
Staff, The Scientist Staff | Feb 19, 2018
Researchers used scanning electron microscopy to peer at bugs on several hummingbird species.
How Hummingbirds Sense Movement While Hovering
Anna Azvolinsky | Jan 5, 2017
A visual motion-sensing brain region found in all four-limbed vertebrates displays unique properties in Anna’s hummingbirds.
Many Evolutionary Paths Lead to Same Bird Trait
Anna Azvolinsky | Oct 20, 2016
Diverse genetic changes lead to remarkably similar hemoglobin adaptations of diverse bird species, a study finds.
Bye Bye, Birdies?
Bob Grant | Sep 9, 2014
A report from the National Audubon Society suggests that more than half of US bird species are under threat of displacement or extinction in the face of climate change.
How Hummingbirds Taste Nectar
Ruth Williams | Aug 21, 2014
Hummingbirds perceive sweetness through a receptor with which other vertebrates taste savory foods.
Hummingbirds Out-hover Helicopters
Bob Grant | Jul 31, 2014
The diminutive birds can accomplish sustained flight that is at least as efficient as that of the most high-tech micro-drone, a study shows.
Bob Grant | Nov 10, 2011
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research