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Black-tailed Trainbearer - BirdForum Opus

Photo by bajadreamer
Bird Garden Lodge, Quito, Ecuador, September 2019
Lesbia victoriae


14·9–26 cm (5¾-10¼ in) - includes long tail of 11.2-18 cm)

  • Black slightly curved bill.

Female has a shorter tail and spotted chest.

Similar Species

Green-tailed Trainbearer has a straighter bill; also look at several species of Sylphs


Photo by Ecuadorrebel
Quito, Ecuador February 2009

South America: found in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.



Three subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • L. v. victoriae:
  • L. v. juliae:
  • Andes of northern and central Peru
  • L. v. berlepschi:
  • Andes of south-eastern Peru


Semi-open and shrubby areas in temperate zone of central and inter-Andean valleys and mountains to around 3500m. Also parks, gardens and agricultural land.


Males when diving in front of females can make a rattling sound with their wings, and in addition both song and calls have been described.


Photo © by bajadreamer
Quito, Ecuador, September 2019

They forage for nectar in the higher and mid levels.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. BF Member observations
  3. Restall et al. 2006. Birds of Northern South America. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300124156
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Sept 2017)

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