Ecuadorian Piedtail 

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Phlogophilus hemileucurus

The Ecuadorian Piedtail is a species of hummingbird in the family Trochilidae.

It is a fairly small hummingbird about 3.3 inches long.

It is green above. Throat is white densely speckled with green. The rest of the underparts are white with green on the sides of the breast and belly. Tail is dusky and white. Bill is black and straight.

It is similar to the closely related Peruvian Piedtail but the range of these two piedtails are not known to overlap.

Main diet consists of nectar. They cling to the corollas when collecting the nectar.

Forest edges and secondary grown in the Andean foothills. It is becoming rare due to habitat loss.

Found locally in the foothills of southern Colombia, eastern Ecuador, and northern Peru.

Nest is cup-shaped and constructed from rootlets and fern leaves. It is placed 2-3 m high in vines.


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