Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Buff-tailed Sicklebill (Eutoxeres condamini)


French: Bec-en-faucille de La Condamine German: Rotschwanz-Sichelschnabel Spanish: Picohoz colicanela

Trochilus Condamini


, 1851,

Archidona, Ecuador


Races not well separated geographically, forming a character introgression zone in N Peru. Taxonomic treatment of extreme S populations under review. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • E. c. condamini (Bourcier, 1851) – E Andes from S Colombia (Caquetá) S to N Peru.
  • E. c. gracilis Berlepsch & Stolzmann, 1902 – E slope of Andes of Peru (S from Huánuco) and NW Bolivia.
  • Descriptive notes

    13–15 cm; male 10–12·5 g, female 8–10 g. A large hermit hummingbird, similar to E. aquila but with buffish outer tail feathers with white... read more


    Song is a short phrase of usually three notes 'swe-si-seé' repeated many times,... read more


    Similar to E. aquila, but, particularly where common, from SE Colombia to N Peru, more... read more

    Food and feeding

    Nectar (recorded at flowers of Heliconia and Centropogon) and small arthropods. Feeding by trap-lining confirmed,... read more


    Season previously undetermined, but data on gonadal activity indicate Sept–Nov in Peru, and nest with recently hatched young found in... read more


    No reliable information available, presumably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. CITES II. Locally common along ravines and rivers with semi-open secondary growth and Heliconia stands. Very abundant in disturbed Andean... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hinkelmann, C. & Boesman, P. (2020). Buff-tailed Sicklebill (Eutoxeres condamini). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 17 January 2020).