Do rufous hummingbirds (Selasphorus rufus) use visual beacons?

@article{Hurly2009DoRH,
  title={Do rufous hummingbirds (Selasphorus rufus) use visual beacons?},
  author={T. A. Hurly and Simone Franz and S. Healy},
  journal={Animal Cognition},
  year={2009},
  volume={13},
  pages={377-383}
}
Animals are often assumed to use highly conspicuous features of a goal to head directly to that goal (‘beaconing’). In the field it is generally assumed that flowers serve as beacons to guide pollinators. Artificial hummingbird feeders are coloured red to serve a similar function. However, anecdotal reports suggest that hummingbirds return to feeder locations in the absence of the feeder (and thus the beacon). Here we test these reports for the first time in the field, using the natural… Expand
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