Hummingbird Health, Diseases, and Conservation
Population Health Status and Diseases
Identifying threats to hummingbird populations
- Comprehensive review of diseases afflicting hummingbirds
Journal of Ornithology. Hummingbird Health: Pathogens and disease conditions in the family Trochilidae. LA Godoy, LA Tell, HB Ernest. 2014. Journal of Ornithology. Journal of Ornithology. Volume 155, Issue 1, pp 1-12 In loving memory of Loreto Godoy.
- Discovered cause of severe disease syndrome in hummingbirds:
Characterization of avian poxvirus in Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) in California. LA Godoy, LS Dalbeck, LA Tell, LW Woods, RR Colwell, B Robinson, SM Wethington, A Moresco, PR Woolcock, HB Ernest. In press. Journal of Wildlife Diseases. Volume 49, Issue 4 (October 2013)
- Wildlife genetics, Bird Health, and Citizen Science
- School of Veterinary Medicine NEWS. Citizen Science Humming Along
Researchers: Holly Ernest, Loreto Godoy, and Lisa Tell
Collaborators: Rita Colwell, Barbara Robinson, Cathy Koehler, Paul Aigner, McLaughlin UC Natural Reserve, Susan Wethington, and members of Hummingbird Monitoring Network, Nancy Anderson and Anneke Moresco Lindsay Wildlife Museum Veterinary Hospital, UC Davis Wildlife Museum, and many more..
Did you know.....
....that hummingbirds can fly
upside-down and backward?
....Hummingbird names in Spanish?
Picaflores (beak flower)
Chuparosa (flower sucker; also name of bush visited by hummingbirds)
Pinda or Pindal from the mapudungun (chilean dialect of Mapuche people)
Huitzilopochtli was the Aztecs and Mexica’s mythological hummingbird god.
And here's some real trivia - the tiny mite (size of pin point) that lives on hummingbird feathers is named after the mythical hummingbird god: Proctophyllodes huitzilopachtilii
Feather mite microscope photo from a California Anna's hummingbird
Photo © Robin Houston and Holly Ernest UC Davis
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