Male Hummingbirds Are So Annoying, Females Wear Disguises to Not Be Harassed

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Male Hummingbirds Are So Annoying, Females Wear Disguises to Not Be Harassed

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Male Hummingbirds Are So Annoying, Females Wear Disguises to Not Be Harassed

Males may announce their presence with flashy feathers, while females of the same species are much more sedate - an adaptation thought to be related to sexual selection and reproduction.

While not universal for all birds, such was thought to be the case for the white-necked jacobin (Florisuga mellivora). But scientists have now discovered that a significant number of the females of this hummingbird species are brilliantly colored, just like the males.

This, they found, helps to prevent aggressive behavior the males tend to direct at female hummingbirds during feeding, including pecking and body-slamming to assert dominance over food.


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