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Green-fronted Lancebill - BirdForum Opus

Male, subspecies veraguensis
Photo by Jim Crosswell
Costa Rica, February 2007
Doryfera ludovicae


11–13 cm (4¼-5 in)

  • Bright green forehead
  • Long straight bill

Female is similar but paler overall with little or no bright feathering on the forehead.

Similar Species

Blue-fronted Lancebill


Female and juvenile, subspecies veraguensis
Photo by Pablo Siles
Tapanti National Park, Costa Rica, January, 2010

Central America and South America
Central America: Costa Rica, Panama
South America: Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia



There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • D. l. veraguensis:
  • D. l. ludovicae (rectirostris, grisea):


Male, subspecies veraguensis
Photo by Stanley Jones
Heredia Province, Costa Rica, March 2006

Humid and wet montane forests, particularly with epiphytes.



Their main diet is nectar. They feed by the trap-lining method.


  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 December 2014)
  4. neotropical.birds.cornell.edu

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