Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Slender Sheartail (Doricha enicura)


French: Colibri à queue singulière German: Scherenschwanz-Sternkolibri Spanish: Colibrí colirraro

Trochilus enicura


, 1818,

Brazil; error = Guatemala




Mountains and interior valleys of S Mexico (Chiapas) to Guatemala, Honduras and N El Salvador.

Descriptive notes

Male 11–12·5 cm (including long tail), 2·3 g; female 8–9 cm, 2·6 g. Male has long, decurved black bill; head and upperparts green; white... read more


Poorly known. Calls while perched or feeding include fairly hard, rapid chips, often repeated... read more


Openings in forest, woodland, second growth and scrub, at 1000–3000 m.

Food and feeding

Forages mainly in low to middle strata, often near ground. Feeds on a combination of nectar and small arthropods.


Recorded breeding in Oct in Chiapas. Nest and eggs apparently unknown.


Sedentary, though seasonal fluctuations in abundance.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in North Central American Highlands EBA. Status throughout range poorly known; species generally reckoned... read more

Recommended citation

Peterson, A.T. & Boesman, P. (2020). Slender Sheartail (Doricha enicura). 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 25 February 2020).