Hummingbird feather shaft, barbs and barbules, SEM

Hummingbird feather shaft, barbs and barbules, SEM

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Credit: DENNIS KUNKEL MICROSCOPY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) Hummingbird feather shaft, barbs and barbules (Selasphorus rufus).Selasphorus rufus as one of the feistiest hummingbirds in North America (family Trochilidae). The rufous hummingbird is well-known for its aggressive defence of flowers and feeders, even against species many times its own size. It is a relatively small and compact species, with short wings, a tail that tapers to a point, and a slender, straight, black bill. Hummingbirds have the highest metabolism of any homoeothermic animal. Magnification: x23 when shortest axis printed at 25 millimetres.

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Keywords: 9291a, apodiformes, aves, barb, barbs, barbule, barbules, bird, chordata, colored, coloured, electron, false-colored, false-coloured, feather, feathers, hook, hooks, hummingbird, keratin, micrograph, neognathae, neornithes, rufous, scanning, sem, shaft, trochilidae

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