Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Vulnerable

White-tailed Hummingbird (Eupherusa poliocerca)


Taxonomy

French: Colibri du Guerrero German: Weißschwanzkolibri Spanish: Colibrí de Guerrero
Taxonomy:

Eupherusa poliocerca

Elliot

, 1871,

Putla, Oaxaca, Mexico

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Closely related to E. eximia and E. cyanophrys; sometimes regarded as conspecific with one or other, but morphological differences seem to justify their separation as full species. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Pacific slope of Guerrero (Sierra Madre del Sur) and W Oaxaca, in S Mexico.

Descriptive notes

10–11 cm; 4·5–5·2 g. Male has straight black bill; entire plumage emerald-green; rufous secondaries on dark wings; tail slightly rounded, central... read more

Voice

Song a high-pitched, rapid, slightly liquid to squeaky warbling, 2–8 seconds in duration, faster... read more

Habitat

Inhabits humid evergreen forest, cloudforest, forest edges, as well as open woodland and... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on nectar of flowering Inga, Kohleria, Lobelia, Malviscus, Manettia, Psittacanthus... read more

Breeding

One nest has been found in Oct, birds in breeding condition in Feb and Apr. No further data available.

Movements

Sedentary; some altitudinal dispersal likely.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Previously listed as Endangered. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Sierra Madre del Sur EBA. Still locally common within its restricted range.... read more

Recommended citation

Züchner, T., de Juana, E. & Boesman, P. (2019). White-tailed Hummingbird (Eupherusa poliocerca). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/55450 on 24 June 2019).