French: Campyloptère à queue blanche German: Weißschwanz-Degenflügel Spanish: Colibrí coliblanco
no locality given
NE Venezuela (Cordillera de Caripe and mountains of Paria Peninsula); Tobago. Occurrence in Trinidad questionable; at present no definite records, and specimens collected in 1860 labelled “Trinidad” (without exact locality data) may represent trade skins obtained on the island.
c. 12–13 cm; male 9·5–10·5 g, female presumably lighter. Prominent white patches in tail unique among hummingbirds in range, but not always visible... read more
Song is a persistently given, comparatively loud and slightly bisyllabic “tzchink”, uttered at a... read more
Montane forest, old second growth, treefall gaps, and plantations (especially coffee), at 400... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on nectar of flowering bromeliads, Heliconia, Palicourea and banana (Musa), but also visits flowers of... read more
Seven nests found on Tobago in Feb–Apr (the local dry season), with earliest nest commenced in late Jan but first eggs in mid-Feb;... read more
No information. Some altitudinal dispersal seems likely, e.g. on Tobago, where all low-altitude... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently regarded as Near Threatened, but was until 2000 treated as Vulnerable. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Caripe-Paria Region... read more
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