Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Unlikely Hummingbirds

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My good friend, Dave Rintoul, is on a much-deserved vacation camping in the
Chiricahuas and Gila Wilderness area at the moment, but he took a little time out from the fun and games to send me a couple images to share with you.

Two nectivorous Mexican Long-tongued Bats, Choeronycteris mexicana,
help themselves to nectar at a hummingbird feeder in Cave Creek Canyon in
the Chirichahua Mountains of Arizona and New Mexico.

Image: Dave Rintoul, 2008 [larger view].


  1. #1 KevinC
    June 1, 2008

    Been on several field trips to the Chirichahua Mountains and all you need to do is hang the feeder and the bats come in in droves. You can stand right next to the feeder and they do not mind at all. They will miss your head by inches when they fly in, great fun.

  2. #2 David Harmon
    June 1, 2008

    OK, those guys are pretty silly looking!

  3. That is fascinating! I keep hummingbird feeders up but would have never have guessed they would attract bats under the right conditions. Great shot.

  4. #4 Edgar
    June 5, 2008

    And is a good idea for help for bat(at least nectarivorous)conservation…

  5. #5 sid mema
    November 3, 2008

    its a bat ooooo! scary j.k.

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