Why Do Some Female Hummingbirds Crossdress?

Some female hummingbirds mimic the plumage colors and patterns of males to avoid harassment from aggressive males without becoming bullies themselves

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A lot of people are familiar with the idea that many birds are color-coded by sex: males are brilliant whilst females are drab. But hummingbirds have turned this…



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