Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)


Long-tailed Woodnymph (Thalurania watertonii)


French: Dryade de Waterton German: Langschwanznymphe Spanish: Zafiro colilargo

Trochilus Watertonii


, 1847,

Miribi Creek, near Essequibo River, Guyana


Closely related to T. glaucopis; both are probably old elements within genus Thalurania. Monotypic.


NE Brazil (Pernambuco, Alagoas, Sergipe and apparently N Bahia); reported occurrence in E Pará almost certainly erroneous. Possibly also Guyana, where known only from type specimen, although true origin of that perhaps uncertain.

Descriptive notes

Male c. 11·8–13 cm (including tail of 6 cm), female c. 10–11 cm (tail c. 3·5 cm); 3·7–5·2 g. Male has medium-sized straight bill... read more


Apparently undescribed in the literature, but very hard and comparatively loud “chipping” calls... read more


Coastal rainforest, semi-open clearings, plantations and parks, from sea-level to 550 m. Forages at... read more

Food and feeding

Nectar of flowering vines, cacti, epiphytes, shrubs and trees, such as Passifloraceae, Cactaceae, Bromeliaceae, Loranthaceae, Verbenaceae,... read more


Season Nov–Feb. Cup-shaped nest of fine rootlets and moss, held together by cobweb, is built on horizontal branch in shrub or small... read more


Sedentary, some inland wandering during flowering season.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. CITES II. Generally considered to be common, but found at low density throughout its increasingly fragmented range. Recorded from 33 localities in three... read more

Recommended citation

Schuchmann, K.L., Kirwan, G.M. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Long-tailed Woodnymph (Thalurania watertonii). 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 19 November 2019).