Published Online: 21 NOV 2001
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Calder, W. A. 2001. Hummingbirds (Trochilidae). eLS. .
- Published Online: 21 NOV 2001
The hummingbirds (of order Apodiformes) are very small birds, mostly with iridescent plumage. Their ‘wrist and hand’ wing articulation derives lift on both the up- and down-strokes, permitting stationary, upward and reverse hovering. They subsist on flower nectar, tree sap and small insects.
- smallest birds;
- hovering flight;