The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #59418   Message #3425627
Posted By: Rapparee
24-Oct-12 - 08:11 PM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
gnu, your statements regarding hummingbird flatulence are correct as far as they go. But the hummingbird, of any species, can control their output, so to speak, for quantity, quality, and velocity. Being as small as they are, hummingbirds can and do use this ability to literally rocket to supersonic speeds and skewer those aggressors who dare attack them with their long, sharp bills. These bills then break off and re-grow in a couple of days.

Hummingbirds, when attacked, emit a "hum" for help that brings other hummingbirds from great distnces. It is a little known fact that many animals which are thought to be porcupines are really guinea pigs, raccoons, and other animals which thought they'd take on a hummingbird and found a flock of the little critters instead. This sort of attack is known to ornithologists as a "gang hum."