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Blue-fronted Lancebill - BirdForum Opus

Subspecies johannae
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Reserva Arena Blanca, Aquas Verdes, San Martín, Peru, January 2017
Doryfera johannae


9·6–11 cm (3¾-4¼ in)

  • Greenish overall plumage
  • Long slightly upturned bill

Similar Species

Green-fronted Lancebill, which has a violet forehead and a shorter bill.


Female, subspecies johannae
Photo © by WilsonDiaz
Arena Blanca reserve, Peru, April 2017

South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil.



Two subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • D. j. johannae:
  • D. j. guianensis:


In the Andes, they seem to favour wet forests in the foothills and mountain slopes.


The often hold the bill pointing upwards.


Their main diet consists of nectar, obtained while hovering at tubular flowers, and arthropods.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved March 2017)
  4. Neotropical Birds

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