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Sword-billed Hummingbird - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Bananafishbones
Colombia, May 2015
Ensifera ensifera


17–22·8 cm (6¾-9 in) including length of bill at 9-11 cm
It is the only species of bird to have a bill longer than the rest of its body.


Photo by Stanley Jones
Owlet Lodge, Reserva Abra Patricia, Peru, January 2017

South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and north-eastern Bolivia.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Temperate montane forest edges and gardens. Observed at heights between 2100 and 4000 m.



The diet consists the nectar of flowers (generally though not exclusively) with long corollas.


There is very little information available. It's possible they nest high in trees.


Photo by Stanley Jones
Guango Lodge, Ecuador, December 2007
  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. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2017)
  4. Wikipedia
  5. BF Member observations

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