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Google HomepageEdit

Just like all other Google homepage mentions it should be stated that today is was on the front page (I have no idea how google selected it). — Preceding unsigned comment added by 68.63.91.76 (talk) 04:30, 22 April 2014 (UTC)

Even thought the google popular culture isn't very important, I've found it mentioned on any article that shows up on wikipedia when google placed it on the front page.

It was indeed on the front page. To consider that vandalism is ridiculous. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 68.63.91.76 (talk) 08:17, 24 April 2014 (UTC)

Identification in my videoEdit

We have these in our area (Colorado) and I uploaded a couple of slow-motion videos of them. The camera is finicky with white balance and exposure, so they don't appear as orange as they are in person. As I am no expert, so if one could confirm that what I uploaded is the correct bird it would be appreciated.

HopefullyUsefulContribution (talk) 01:31, 1 August 2016 (UTC)

Those two videos are interesting and useful, so first, thanks for the contributions. I'm quite certain the female rufous territorial attack is not against an Anna's female, but rather a broad-tailed or more likely a black-chinned female. According to my sources, Anna's do not inhabit Colorado, as they are coastal. As the attacked bird flees, we get a good look at the throat feathers which are absent of color, indicating probably an immature black-chinned feamle, in my opinion. If males are present, then the purple-black throat feathers would help indicate black-chinned are present in your area, whereas male broad-tailed birds have a rose red throat and a loud wing whistle. These other indicators would help determine the species present at your feeders. --Zefr (talk) 13:45, 1 August 2016 (UTC)

Hummingbird heart rateEdit

Greetings. This isn't my specialist area but a UK BBC Iplayer program Mountain: Life at the Extreme pt 1 The rockies claims that this bird's heart rate is 1000 beats per minute and the fastest known of any animal. Does anyone know of a good source for this interesting fact? Regards JRPG (talk) 21:38, 24 September 2017 (UTC)

There are discussions and references here and here, perhaps not specifically for the rufous hummingbird, but rather other closely related species. Hovering bees, butterflies, and/or moths may have higher metabolic rate and heart rate. --Zefr (talk) 22:00, 24 September 2017 (UTC)
Yes thanks for that. JRPG (talk) 16:43, 25 September 2017 (UTC)
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