Blue-fronted Lancebill  

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Doryfera johannae

Blue-fronted Lancebill

The Blue-fronted Lancebill is a chunky South American hummingbird with a long, mostly straight bill and greenish overall plumage.

It is about 3.78 - 4.33 inches long.

Males have a bluish-purple forecrown and mostly black underparts. Upper plumage is dark bronzy green with a bluish-green tinged rump. Under tail feathers are tinged bluish.

Females have a blue-green forecrown, with grayish-green under plumage. They have gray-tipped outer tail feathers.

They make high chittering calls while perched or flying. They also make quiet click-clack sounds in flight.

Main diet consists of nectar and arthropods.

Subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest and subtropical or tropical moist montane forest.

Found in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, and Venezuela.

The female builds a cup-shaped nest on a moss and cobweb cylinder suspended from rock overhang in a cave.

She lines the nest with soft plant fibers, animal hair and feather down, and strengthens the structure with spider webbing and other sticky material.

She lays 1 - 2 white eggs which she incubates alone.



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