Do birds pollinate flowers?



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    Absolutely. While most pollination occurs via insects, some flowers are pollinated by vertebrates such as birds. The process is known as “zoophily” when you’re talking about vertebrates in general and “ornithophily” when speaking strictly of birds. The most common bird pollinator is a hummingbird, which transfers pollen from the anther of one flower to the stigma of another on the end of its pointed beak. This is why flowers that rely on this form of pollination are very brightly colored red and orange, colors that attract hummingbirds. Believe it or not it’s also possible for bats to pollinate flowers, though this is a much rarer occurrence.

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