Bird pollination syndrome is the plant’s adaptation to ornithophily, but nectarivorous birds are not so selective

Krystof Chmel, Francis Ewome, Guillermo Gómez, Yannick Klomberg, Jan Mertens, Robert Tropek & Štěpán Janeček
Many tropical plants are pollinated by birds and several bird phylogenetical lineages have specialised to a nectar diet. The long-assumed, intimate ecological and evolutionary relationship between ornithophilous plants and phenotypically specialised nectarivorous birds has nevertheless been questioned in recent decades, where such plant-pollinator interactions have been shown to be highly generalised. In our study, we analysed two extensive interaction datasets: bird-flower and insect-flower interactions, both collected on Mt. Cameroon, West-Central Africa. We tested if 1)...
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