Wednesday, April 1, 2009

#7 Magnificent Hummingbird vs #10 Pileated Woodpecker

Magnificent Hummingbird

  • The Magnificent Hummingbird is the second largest hummingbird that lives north of Mexico.
  • Until the mid-1980s, this hummingbird was known as Rivoli's Hummingbird.
  • Magnificent Hummingbirds fly more slowly than other hummingbirds and can actually glide for short periods of time due to their large wings.
  • Magnificent Hummingbirds eat more insects than many other hummingbird species.
  • Males aggressively defend their breeding territories.

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Pileated Woodpecker

  • Pileated Woodpeckers are known to dig out rectangular holes while looking for ants. Some of these holes can be so large that they cause small trees to break in half.
  • A pair of Pileated Woodpeckers stay on their territory all year to defend it.
  • Many other woodpecker species will feed at Pileated Woodpecker holes once the Pileated Woodpeckers are done with them.
  • Pileated Woodpeckers prefer very tall trees for nesting. In young forests, they will choose the tallest tree available which makes them susceptible to lightning strikes.
  • In order to claim their territories, Pileated Woodpeckers drum on hollow trees.

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1 comment:

Lilly said...

It's interesting to learn about other bird species around the world.