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Press Release 11-185

Hummingbirds All A-Flutter During Courtship

How the fluttering feathers of some hummingbird species generate courtship sounds

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Image of a male Allen's Hummingbird.

When males perform courtship dives for females, neighboring fluttering tale feathers produce interaction frequencies. In some species, for or five species may interact with one another to produce sounds.

Credit: Anand Varma


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Christopher Clark explains how hummingbirds generate sound with their tail feathers.

Credit: Christopher Clark

 

Cover of the September 9, 2011 issue of the journal Science.

The researchers' work is described in the September 9, 2011 issue of the journal Science.

Credit: Copyright AAAS 2011


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