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White-tailed Sabrewing - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Steve G
Gilpin trace, Main ridge, Tobago .
Campylopterus ensipennis

Identification

Three outer tail feathers white producing an impression of all white tail when seen from below.
Male is otherwise mostly green with dark blue throat and white post-ocular spot.
Female has white moustachial stripe and the green on the underside is partly to mostly replaced with white. Bill relatively long and black. About 5 inches long.

Distribution

Photo by revs45
Photo taken: Cuffie River, Tobago October 2011.

Found on Tobago but not Trinidad, and otherwise ranges over a relatively difficult to access montane area of Venezuela.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species1.

Habitat

Forested areas, mostly in hilly and montane regions

Behaviour

Mostly feed from nectar and arthropods caught in the understory, but also can utilize bromeliads.

Breeding season seems to be mainly January to April, and normally, two white eggs are laid.

References

  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Abstract of paper describing breeding biology

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