• Sneak Attack

    7 monthes ago - By 10,000 Birds

    My state of Michoacán has a wide variety of nectarivorous birds. (Nectarivorous: that's my new word for this week!) Most, of course, are hummingbirds. A few are orioles. Hummingbirds use a kind of direct attack to access nectar, stabbing flowers frontally with their long beaks. Orioles may do the same, although with considerably less panache, or they may eliminate the middleman and pull the flowers off before feeding on their remains.
    But we have one bird here, a bird that does not occur in the U.S., that prefers to obtain nectar with a sneak attack. Instead of going through the flower's...
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