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Both ornithophilous plants and hummingbirds are now known to not be nearly selective enough for this to be true.

Specialization on traits as basis for the niche‐breadth of flower visitors and as structuring mechanism of ecological networks". DNA–DNA hybridization results suggest that the main radiation of South American hummingbirds took place at least partly in the Miocene, some 12 to 13 million years ago, during the uplifting of the northern Andes. Hummingbirds can use newly ingested sugars to fuel hovering flight within 30–45 minutes of consumption. The birds produced 75% of their weight support during the downstroke and 25% during the upstroke, with the wings making a "figure 8" motion.Some tops have faceted bodies with symbols or inscriptions, and are used like dice to inject randomness into games, or for divination and ritual purposes. In Arizona, when nearby nectar sources were seemingly absent, a nesting female broad-tailed hummingbird was recorded feeding only on arthropods for two weeks. They also vary the orientation and enlarge the collective surface area of their tail feathers into the shape of a fan. Hummingbirds apply their legs as pistons for generating thrust upon taking flight, although the shortness of their legs provides about 20% less propulsion than assessed in other birds. Perception of sweetness in nectar evolved in hummingbirds during their genetic divergence from insectivorous swifts, their closest bird relatives.

Many plants pollinated by hummingbirds produce flowers in shades of red, orange, and bright pink, although the birds take nectar from flowers of other colors.Contrary to what is sometimes assumed, longstanding scientific studies (and easy experimentations reproducible by anyone) show that reducing the friction increases the time needed to reach this stable state (unless the top is so unbalanced that it falls over before reaching it). The Andes Mountains appear to be a particularly rich environment for hummingbird evolution because diversification occurred simultaneously with mountain uplift over the past 10 million years. Although hummingbird eyes are small in diameter (5–6mm), they are accommodated in the skull by reduced skull ossification, and occupy a larger proportion of the skull compared to other birds and animals.

Commercial products sold as "instant nectar" or "hummingbird food" may also contain preservatives or artificial flavors, as well as dyes, which are unnecessary and potentially harmful. Less accessible ornithophiles (for example, those requiring long bills) still rely on multiple hummingbird species for pollination. The areas where these early fossils have been found had a climate quite similar to that of the northern Caribbean or southernmost China during that time.e., those possessing appropriate beak morphologies (although some hummingbirds rob nectar to overcome this).

During evolution, hummingbirds adapted to the navigational needs of visual processing while in rapid flight or hovering by development of the exceptionally dense array of retinal neurons, allowing for increased spatial resolution in the lateral and frontal visual fields. Close-up of toe arrangement in a ruby-throated hummingbird foot, showing three claw-like toes forward and one backward. About 95% of individuals from 140 species in one study showed evidence of arthropod consumption, [180] while another study found arthropod remains in 79% of over 1600 birds from sites across South and Central America. The hummingbirds form nine major clades: the topazes and jacobins, the hermits, the mangoes, the coquettes, the brilliants, the giant hummingbird ( Patagona gigas), the mountaingems, the bees, and the emeralds.Hummingbirds' wing bones are hollow and fragile, making fossilization difficult and leaving their evolutionary history poorly documented. Some species, including many found in North America, are territorial and try to guard food sources (such as a feeder) against other hummingbirds, attempting to ensure a future food supply. During the costume competition of the Miss Universe 2016 beauty pageant, Miss Ecuador, Connie Jiménez, wore a costume inspired by hummingbird wing feathers. Perinola, a six-sided top, very similar to the dreidel, that is used for a similar game in Latin America.

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