One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of an animal) feeding on nectar.
- ‘These two species are the only nectarivorous birds on the island.’
- ‘All pteropodids are frugivorous or nectarivorous.’
- ‘The nectarivorous hummingbirds evolved a derived mode of hovering flight that allows them to remain virtually motionless in front of flowers.’
- ‘Those honeyeaters, four of which are primarily nectarivorous (the exception is the White-eared Honeyeater), were most abundant in the medium and poor sites.’
- ‘Those values are extremely low compared to those of granivorous and omnivorous bird species, but higher than those of nectarivorous species.’
- ‘For nectarivorous birds, energy-expensive aggressive behavior may not be worthwhile for defending low nectar levels.’
- ‘These results support the assumption that the common declines in nectarivorous birds after hurricanes reflect immediate flower destruction and not subsequent flowering after two to three months.’
- ‘Exposure to predators may be one factor that limits the foraging activities of small nectarivorous birds at this site.’
- ‘However, San Salvador has only two nectarivorous bird species so the pollination of P. bahamensis is constrained by bird species availability.’
- ‘Frugivorous and nectarivorous birds have lower endogenous N losses and lower N equilibrium than granivorous and omnivorous birds.’
- ‘Hurricanes also commonly devastate populations of nectarivorous birds, probably because these birds are left with few nectar or fruit resources.’
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