Oh My! What a Long Beak You Have!

@Corbin5 (137889)
United States
April 15, 2019 1:40pm CST
I have to say that the beak of the sword-billed hummingbird really does look too long for its body. This darling species of hummingbird, one of the biggest hummingbirds, lives in the South America. The sword-billed hummingbird needs that long beak in order to drink the nectar from flowers that have extremely long petals. The sword-billed hummingbird also has a longer-than-usual tongue inside that long beak. The sword-billed hummingbird cannot use its beak for preening purposes due to the beak being just too darn long to do the job. To preen, the sword-billed hummingbird must use its feet to remove parasites, dirt, and dust from its feathers. The sword-billed hummingbird uses its feet to optimally align its feathers too. . Photo: By Alejandro Bayer Tamayo from Armenia, Colombia - Ensifera ensifera (Pico de sable), CC BY-SA 2.0
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@DianneN (112981)
• United States
15 Apr
What a fabulous photo! I hope he doesn't poke the other birds in the eye!
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@TheHorse (83140)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Apr
I thought of that too.
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@Corbin5 (137889)
• United States
15 Apr
The other bird does look very worried.
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@DianneN (112981)
• United States
15 Apr
@Corbin5 He looks a bit alert to me and also has a bird brain.
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@JohnRoberts (78380)
• Los Angeles, California
15 Apr
I named that bird Cyrano.
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@Corbin5 (137889)
• United States
15 Apr
A wonderful name for him it is!
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@LadyDuck (213238)
• Switzerland
16 Apr
Poor little bird, it must not be practical to bring around such a long beak. The other little animals must be scared by this long beak, I would be.
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@Corbin5 (137889)
• United States
16 Apr
I hope the other birds do not make fun of the long-billed hummingbird.
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@LadyDuck (213238)
• Switzerland
16 Apr
@Corbin5 Better not, or he will attack them with its long beak.
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@simone10 (24788)
• Louisville, Kentucky
16 Apr
Great picture! I've never seen a hummingbird with a beak that long.
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@Corbin5 (137889)
• United States
16 Apr
It is a beauty. I love the coloring of the bird.
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@simone10 (24788)
• Louisville, Kentucky
16 Apr
@Corbin5 so do I. I love hummingbirds
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@Corbin5 (137889)
• United States
16 Apr
@simone10 They are darling little things.
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@andriaperry (74293)
• Anniston, Alabama
16 Apr
Poor bird.
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@Corbin5 (137889)
• United States
16 Apr
They seem to be happy little birds.
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@andriaperry (74293)
• Anniston, Alabama
16 Apr
@Corbin5 but no kisses from the wife.
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@Corbin5 (137889)
• United States
16 Apr
@andriaperry Probably just a pat on the head with a foot.
@snowy22315 (64604)
• United States
15 Apr
That is the longest beak I have ever seen!
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@Corbin5 (137889)
• United States
15 Apr
I know. I am amazed how that bird manages with a beak like that.
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@snowy22315 (64604)
• United States
15 Apr
@Corbin5 I guess they have to be careful not to break their beak.
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@Corbin5 (137889)
• United States
15 Apr
@snowy22315 I think you are right about that. The beak looks fragile.
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@thelme55 (16726)
• Germany
16 Apr
What an awesome photo! I hope this bird will not hurt other birds because of its long beak.
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@Corbin5 (137889)
• United States
16 Apr
I hope that bird has control over that long beak.
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@thelme55 (16726)
• Germany
16 Apr
@Corbin5 I hope so.
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@JudyEv (157749)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Apr
That's incredible. I wonder why the other bird's beak is so short. Perhaps it's a youngster. It seems to have the same plumage.
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@Corbin5 (137889)
• United States
16 Apr
They do look similar but the other bird is a Buff-tailed coronet.
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@JudyEv (157749)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Apr
@Corbin5 Oh how about that? Thanks for telling me. The colouring is quite similar really.
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@Gillygirl (21401)
• Sutton, England
15 Apr
That is a long beak Deborah. I would not want that bird anywhere near my eyes.
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@Corbin5 (137889)
• United States
15 Apr
That beak could poke an eye out, for sure.
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@Gillygirl (21401)
• Sutton, England
15 Apr
@Corbin5 It could fall over it's own beak.
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• United States
16 Apr
I wonder if they're good at fencing I'm just imagining two of these having a sword fight I've never heard of this bird, what an interesting little guy.
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@Corbin5 (137889)
• United States
16 Apr
I was imagining the same thing!
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@Junbals (496)
• Philippines
16 Apr
Nobody is perfect. That saying applies also birds.
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@Corbin5 (137889)
• United States
16 Apr
Yes, perfection is just a wish, a hope, a dream, but not a reality.
@responsiveme (23157)
• India
16 Apr
That is a long long beak for sure.If they have nests ,I wonder if the beak has to stay outside.
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@Corbin5 (137889)
• United States
16 Apr
it looks like the nest is built so that the beak sticks out of the nest.
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@debjani1 (5110)
16 Apr
Isn't that tough for them to fly through dense forest with that long beak? I never seen any birds with so long beak.
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@Corbin5 (137889)
• United States
16 Apr
They seem to fly just fine with that long beak.
@Juliaacv (40076)
• Canada
16 Apr
I wonder if its a hazard to flying with such a long beak. I would be cross-eyed if I had one of those.
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@Corbin5 (137889)
• United States
16 Apr
I would think that long beak could get stuck into something every now and then.
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@Susan2015 (23678)
• United States
16 Apr
Those are very different looking but still very pretty.
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@Corbin5 (137889)
• United States
16 Apr
I think it is a very pretty bird too. Lovely coloring.
@allknowing (79991)
• India
15 Apr
We have them visiting our garden but their beaks are not this long.
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@Corbin5 (137889)
• United States
16 Apr
Yes, this long-billed one comes from the Andean region in South America.
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@Hate2Iron (12120)
• Canada
15 Apr
LOL... I was just sitting here wondering what the little bird was thinking too lol!! The little guy wasn't impressed at all!!
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@Corbin5 (137889)
• United States
16 Apr
The other bird does have a puzzled look on its face.
@rebelann (47723)
• El Paso, Texas
15 Apr
South America has some really unique kritters, the hummer in the video is beautiful.
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@Corbin5 (137889)
• United States
15 Apr
I enjoyed the video too. It would be nice to visit South American one fine day.
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@amadeo (89740)
• United States
15 Apr
Is this for real.I guess that it is.Thank you for sharing.
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@Corbin5 (137889)
• United States
15 Apr
Yes, it is for real. I am amazed that long beak does not get in the bird's way all the time.
@nela13 (17635)
• Portugal
15 Apr
That beak can be dangerous to other animals' eyes
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@Corbin5 (137889)
• United States
15 Apr
I was thinking the same thing.
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