French: Bec-en-faucille aigle German: Weißkehl-Sichelschnabel Spanish: Picohoz coliverde
Subspecies and Distribution
E. a. salvini
Gould, 1868 – Costa Rica to W Colombia.
E. a. heterurus
Gould, 1868 – W Andes from SW Colombia (Cauca) to SW Ecuador.
E. a. aquila
(Bourcier, 1847) – E Andes from Colombia to N Peru. Recently noted in W Venezuela (Mérida)#R.
12–14 cm; male 8·5–12·5 g, female 8–10 g. Sicklebills are unmistakable among all hummingbirds by virtue of their very strongly decurved bills... read more
Song of western birds (salvini and heterura) is a hermit-like continuous series... read more
Understorey of humid and wet forest, older second growth, forest edge, near rivers, often in, or... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar of Heliconia and Centropogon species with tubular blossoms similar in curved shape to bill, and small arthropods.... read more
Season Jan–May in Costa Rica; data on gonadal condition indicate Mar and Jun in Panama, Aug in Colombia, Jun in Ecuador, and Sept in... read more
Sedentary; perhaps seasonal movements in some regions of Panama.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Common throughout most of its range except the upper Magdalena Valley. Present in Braulio Carrillo National Park (Costa... read more
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