Field Flight Dynamics of Hummingbirds during Territory Encroachment and Defense

@inproceedings{Sholtis2015FieldFD,
  title={Field Flight Dynamics of Hummingbirds during Territory Encroachment and Defense},
  author={Katherine M. Sholtis and Ryan M. Shelton and Tyson L. Hedrick and David P Carrier},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2015}
}
Hummingbirds are known to defend food resources such as nectar sources from encroachment by competitors (including conspecifics). These competitive intraspecific interactions provide an opportunity to quantify the biomechanics of hummingbird flight performance during ecologically relevant natural behavior. We recorded the three-dimensional flight trajectories of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds defending, being chased from and freely departing from a feeder. These trajectories allowed us to compare… CONTINUE READING
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