‘Love signals’ suggest new kind of hummingbird

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Categories: Birds | New Species
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Main Report: Futurity | Journal: The Auk
Category: Birds, General | Taxa: Calliphlox evelynae lyrura | Named for:
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The Bahama Woodstar species contains two subspecies, one found throughout the northern islands of the Bahamas, the other found only among the southern Inaguan islands of the chain. Both males and females of the two are virtually identical but in this case appearances were deceiving. Researchers claim that this newest bird species has been discovered, not in some remote tropical jungle, but in backyards in the Bahamas. ”Much of the fieldwork was literally conducted sitting at the backyard tables of birders, holding the sound recorder in one hand and a cup of tea in the other,” explains Teresa Feo, a doctoral student at Yale University and lead author of the study.

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