Anna's Hummingbird image courtesy of Mike Yip at vancouverislandbirds.com

 

The Physiology of Torpor in Hummingbirds

Anna's Hummingbird image courtesy of Mike Yip at vancouverislandbirds.com

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This website was created as a student project for Dr. Michael Dorcas’s Animal Physiology class at Davidson College. It is a review of research regarding use and mechanisms of torpor in several species of hummingbirds. This website discusses 1) the physiological issues surrounding use of torpor in hummingbirds, 2) the causes and uses of torpor and 3) some of the mechanisms of hummingbird torpor.

 

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Rufous Hummingbird image courtesy of Mike Yip at vancouverislandbirds.com

 

Rufous Hummingbird Image courtesy of Mike Yip at vancouverislandbirds.com

Section 1: Physiological Issues of Hummingbird Torpor.

Section 2: Causes and Uses of Torpor.

Section 3: Mechanisms of Hummingbird Torpor.

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Links to other topics in Animal Physiology.

This website was created as a part of a class project in the Animal Physiology Class at Davidson College.

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