Ornithologists Challenge 'Birdbrained' And 'Eat Like A Bird' Welcome back to "Animal Slander," the series where we take common expressions about animals and debunk them with science. Today on the show, we tackle "birdbrained" and to "eat like a bird" with biologists Corina Newsome and Alejandro Rico-Guevara.

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Animal Slander! Debunking 'Birdbrained' And 'Eat Like A Bird'

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Animal Slander! Debunking 'Birdbrained' And 'Eat Like A Bird'

Animal Slander! Debunking 'Birdbrained' And 'Eat Like A Bird'

Animal Slander! Debunking 'Birdbrained' And 'Eat Like A Bird'

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A hummingbird feeds on the nectar of a flower in Boquete, Chiriqui Province, Panama. Luis Acosta/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A hummingbird feeds on the nectar of a flower in Boquete, Chiriqui Province, Panama.

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Welcome back to "Animal Slander," the series where we take common expressions about animals and debunk them with science. Today on the show, we tackle "birdbrained" and to "eat like a bird" with biologists Corina Newsome and Alejandro Rico-Guevara.

Alejandro's paper, "Hummingbird's tongues are elastic micropumps," was published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences in 2015.

Previous episodes of animal slander include:

Myth Busting 'Blind As A Bat' And 'Memory Of A Goldfish'

Does Your Cat Really Hate You?

Send us your animal slander—and questions and praise—by emailing the show at shortwave@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Rebecca Ramirez, edited by Geoff Brumfiel, and fact-checked by Emily Vaughn.