Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Fiery-tailed Awlbill (Avocettula recurvirostris)


French: Colibri avocette German: Schwarzbauch-Avosettkolibri Spanish: Mango picolezna

Trochilus recurvirostris


, 1822,

Peru; error = Cayenne




SE Venezuela (Bolívar) and the Guianas to N & W Brazil (lower Amazon E to Maranhão and Tocantins, and W to Acre); also E Ecuador (R Napo).

Descriptive notes

8–10 cm; 4·3 g. Male has short bill, strongly upturned at tip, black; back green; throat and breast glittering emerald, centre of belly black, sides dull green;... read more


Song unknown. Call a series of “tsik” notes, delivered at an irregular pace, when hovering or in... read more


Occurs in open savanna-like vegetation near granite outcrops within primary forest from sea-level... read more

Food and feeding

Collects nectar at the periphery of flowering Clusia and Dioclea shrubs. Hawks for insects in the air or gleans them from... read more


Sept–Dec in Surinam, records from Jul for French Guiana and N Brazil. Cup-shaped nest very small, saddled on thick horizontal branch... read more


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Currently considered Near Threatened. Widespread but generally considered rare (e.g. just two records in Venezuela); restricted to small... read more

Recommended citation

Schuchmann, K.L., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2019). Fiery-tailed Awlbill (Avocettula recurvirostris). 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 26 May 2019).