A new dimension to hummingbird-flower relationships

@article{Temeles2004AND,
  title={A new dimension to hummingbird-flower relationships},
  author={E. Temeles},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2004},
  volume={105},
  pages={517-523}
}
  • E. Temeles
  • Published 2004
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Oecologia
The close correspondence between the bills of hummingbirds and the lengths of the flowers they feed from has been interpreted as an example of coadaptation. Observations of birds feeding at flowers longer and shorter than their bills, however, and the lack of experimental evidence for any feeding advantage to short bills, seem to contradict this interpretation. I address this problem by considering a little-studied dimension of floral morphology: corolla diameter. In laboratory experiments on… Expand
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