Dead Hummingbirds #1

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1. I found a dead hummingbird in perfect shape. I also have an old hummingbird nest. Can I keep them?


Photo by Bruce Fall © Operation RubyThroat

These museum study skins of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds (A. colubris) are quite valuable in understanding bird development. The specimens dramatically demonstrate the increase in size from a naked, day-old 2.5cm chick (far left) to the adult male (far right). By day three, the chick has doubled in overall size, and almost doubled again by day five. (The large, numbered increments on the scale at left are 1.0cm marks.)
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