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Hummingbirds not so sweet

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Both Christians and their opponents often overlook that the Bible indicates that 'all things bright and beautiful' only applied before the Genesis 3 curse on all creation.

Both Christians and their opponents often overlook that the Bible indicates that 'all things bright and beautiful' only applied before the Genesis 3 curse on all creation.

Nature documentary guru Sir David Attenborough famously said that when Christians asked him why he did not give credit to God for nature's designs, they always referred to "hummingbirds, or orchids, sunflowers and beautiful things", whereupon he would remind them of bad things in nature, like the river blindness parasite.

Of course, this does not speak against biblical creation, since it overlooks the fallenness of nature (Genesis 3).

Now it appears that some hummingbirds, too, have developed violent habits since the Fall. A team led by the University of Connecticut's Alejandro Rico-Guevara found that a male Costa Rican hummingbird uses its bill for more than sipping nectar. During fights with other males over mating rights, the beaks "double as deft, dagger-like weapons", which are used "to stab at their opponents' throats."

Rico-Guevara, A. and Araya-Salas, M, Bills as daggers? A test for sexually dimorphic weapons in a lekking hummingbird, Behavioral Ecology 26(1):21–29, 2015 | doi:10.1093/beheco/aru182.
Buckley, C., Fighting for Females: The Evolution of a Hummingbird, 3 November 2014, UConn today, today.uconn.edu/blog.

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