Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 12, 2011

New Research On How Hummingbirds Drink

Hummingbirds Use Tongues to Trap Liquid Not To Act Like Straw

It has long been assumed that hummingbirds take in nectar through capillary tubes that work like a straw.  New research shows this to be false.  Hummingbirds drink by trapping nectar in their tongues that change shape to tranport the nectar into its mouth.  To learn more go to:
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences  The hummingbird tongue is a fluid trap, not a capillary tube
NY Times A Hard-Working Tongue Tool Helps Hummingbirds Drink

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