Oh My! What a Long Beak You Have!
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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