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Ecuadorian Piedtail - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Stanley Jones
San Martín, Peru, January 2017
Phlogophilus hemileucurus


7·3–7·6 cm (2¾-3 in)

  • Short, straight black bill, with yellow base
  • Greenish-brown crown
  • White postocular spot


South America: found locally in the foothills of southern Colombia, eastern Ecuador, and northern Peru.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Forest edges and secondary grown in the Andean foothills.



Their main diet consists of nectar. They cling to the corollas when collecting the nectar.


The cup-shaped nest is constructed from rootlets and fern leaves. It is placed 2-3 m high in vines.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2017)
  3. Wikipedia

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