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Phaethornis eurynome


Photo by Carlos Henrique
Serra do Japi - Jundiaí - SP - Brazil

14–14·5 cm (5½-5¾ in)

  • Olive upperparts
  • Greyish underparts
  • Dark feathers on throat give a scaly appearance
  • Broad white tips to the tail
  • Yellowish lower mandible


South America: found in Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina.



There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • P. e. paraguayensis:
  • P. e. eurynome:
  • South-eastern Brazil (Bahia to Rio Grande do Sul)


Denizen of the mid-level Atlantic forest, where it inhabits the understorey of montane rainforests and humid areas of semi-deciduous forests.


Their main diet consists of nectar and insects. They feed by trap-lining.


  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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Dec 2017)

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