Band-tailed Barbthroat

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Threnetes ruckeri

Band-tailed Barbthroat

The Band-tailed Barbthroat is medium- sized hummingbird which is a resident breeder from southeastern Guatemala and Belize to western Ecuador and western Venezuela.

It is 4.01 - 4.33 inches in length and weighs 5 - 5.8 grams.

It has a long decurved bill, and, as with other hermit hummingbirds, the sexes are similar.

Adults have bronze-green upperparts, a dark ear patch and dusky malar stripe. Chest is rusty-orange and underparts are otherwise gray.

Young birds resemble the adult, but have buff feather tips.

CALL: A high thin "tseep"

SONG: The male's song, given alone or at a lek, is a "didiDIT dew dew" in the Caribbean lowlands, but on the Pacific side the song is longer and includes trills and warbles.

Primarily feeds on nectar. It also consumes small spiders and insects.

Inhabits the understory of wet forests, woodland edges and old second growth.

Nest is a cup of plant fibers attached 2 – 4 meters high on the underside of a Heliconia or sometimes a banana leaf.

The female alone incubates the 2 white eggs.

 Rucker's Barbthroat, Rucker's Barbed- throat, Band tailed Barbthroat



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