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The tongue of a rufous-tailed hummingbird is very long!

The tongue of a hummingbird (here a rufous-tailed hummingbird) is often extremely longe, because the nectar is hidden deeply in the flower. A hummingbird drinks...
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The tongue of a hummingbird (here a rufous-tailed hummingbird) is often extremely longe, because the nectar is hidden deeply in the flower. A hummingbird drinks the nectar with rapid movements. The tongue itself has tubes wich run down their lengths and help the hummingbirds drink the nectar. They are not using capillary action, which was believed before high-speed photography proofed that the tubes are actively opened and closed like a pump.
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MikeSylvester
 
MikeSylvester April 29, 2018
WOWII
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johannesoehl April 29, 2018
Many thanks, Mike!!!
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AmberDawn1 December 15, 2018
I love it when they stick their tongues out like that! Great capture! :-)
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johannesoehl December 16, 2018
this are fascinating birds. I love them, too.

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