Researchers show how male Costa's hummingbirds control the acoustics of a tail song produced during high speed dives

Male Costa's hummingbirds perform a high-speed dive during which they 'sing' to potential mates using their tail feathers. Males perform their dives to the side, rather than in front of females. UC Riverside researchers used an acoustic camera to find out why. The results are published in Current Biology. They showed that sideways dives allow males to hide the speed of their dives, perhaps enabling them to appear faster than they really are.

Male hummingbirds 'sing' with their tail-feathers during high-speed dives to woo potential mates

Male Costa's hummingbirds have learned to trick potential mates, a study shows. The birds have learned to dive at females' sides rather than in front of them.

Fri 13 Apr 18 from Daily Mail

To woo females, diving Costa's hummingbirds 'sing' with their tail feathers

In a new study, scientists found male Costa's hummingbirds aim their dives to the sides of females in order to minimize the Doppler effect.

Thu 12 Apr 18 from UPI

Watch: Hummingbirds 'sing' and 'dive' to find love

Recent studies in birds suggest that females prefer higher speeds during male athletic displays

Thu 19 Apr 18 from The Hindu

To impress females, Costa's hummingbirds 'sing' with their tail feathers

Male Costa's hummingbirds perform a high-speed dive during which they 'sing' to potential mates using their tail feathers. Males perform their dives to the side, rather than in front of females. ...

Thu 12 Apr 18 from ScienceDaily

To Impress Females, Costa's Hummingbirds "Sing" With Their Tail Feathers, Thu 12 Apr 18 from Newswise

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