Plantidote/Birdidote of the Day 2012-10-30
Thanks to Correntian YesMaybe, we have our first hybrid post combining a plant and a bird. Some details from YM:
This is a Tabebuia rosea tree that's in our yard. The common name
here is 'savannah oak.' It's semi-deciduous, losing its leaves during
the dry seasons, and then producing big pink flower clusters and (a
little later on) new leaves, so it's very popular as a decorative
tree. The bird is a bananaquit.
Here's more information on the tree. It's not in any of my gardening books and online info was pretty scarce, so if anyone knows more about them, we're interested!
Now for the bird, which I know even less about than plants. How about if we turn the information part of this over to Wild Birds Unlimited? Here we learn that bananaquits are considered "vagrants" in Cuba, and "supertramps" in the Caribbean. That's quite a resume. But on the plus side, bananaquits sound like fun birds to watch:
The Bananaquit visits flowers for nectar and insects. They cannot hover as do hummingbirds, so perform entertaining acrobatic maneuvers to pierce the base of the flowers of trees and shrubs to obtain (steal) nectar without pollinating the flower.
If YesMaybe stops by, we might be able to learn more. Or maybe someone else knows. Or we can make it up ;-) In the meantime, thank you, YM!! Great job expanding the Plantidote horizons!
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