Martin Moynihan - Diglossa (Flowerpiercers) (1 of 4)

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How does a bird reach the nectar when a flower blossom is elongated and their bill is short? In these field notes, evolutionary biologist Martin H. Moynihan (1928-1996) records his observations of a species known as flowerpiercers because of their special behavior made possible by a "hook" at the end of their bill. Moynihan often observed different species on his expeditions and later grouped those notes according to species. This is the first of four groups of notes that span an eighteen-year period, 1958 - 1974, and four countries in Central America and northern South America. Join up with a team of volunpeers to transcribe them. Your work will make them more accessible to researchers around the world.

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