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Floral arrangements and hummingbird feeding

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The influence of simulated inflorescence design on feeding behavior of 3 male Eugenes fulgens (Rivoli's hummingbird) and one female Lampornis clemenciae (Bluethroated hummingbird) was studied in the laboratory using artificial flowers. Five two-dimensional and three three-dimensional arrangements provided constant rewards per artificial flower. Visits to two-dimensional arrangements had more flower visits per feeding bout, proportionally more flower revisits, and shorter time between flowers than visits to three-dimensional arrangements. This suggests inflorescence design may influence pollen movement by hummingbirds.

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Hainsworth, F.R., Mercier, T. & Wolf, L.L. Floral arrangements and hummingbird feeding. Oecologia 58, 225–229 (1983). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00399221

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Keywords

  • Artificial Flower
  • Pollen Movement
  • Flower Visit
  • Constant Reward
  • Floral Arrangement