French: Colibri porte-épée German: Schwertschnabelkolibri Spanish: Colibrí picoespada
Andes from W Venezuela through Colombia, Ecuador and Peru to NC Bolivia (W Santa Cruz).
17–22·8 cm (including bill of 9–11 cm); 11·2–15 g. Male has shorter bill but longer wings, and longer and more deeply forked tail than female... read more
A low, slightly trilled “trrr” is occasionally heard.
Humid to semi-humid upper montane forest and forest edges, sometimes at patches of shrubs in p... read more
Food and feeding
Flowers visited for nectar typically (but not exclusively) have long pendent corollas, and include Aethanthus, Brugmansia... read more
No reliable information. One unconfirmed observation of a female defending a possible nesting site high up in a tree in Apr (Ecuador);... read more
Sedentary. In Colombia, seasonally above 3000 m (Jul–Sept, C Cordillera, Colombia) and same... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Common locally. In Oyacachi (Bolivia) this hummingbird has been selected as a target species for ecotourism to attract birdwatchers, and... read more
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