Fork-tailed Woodnymph

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Thalurania furcata

Fork-tailed Woodnymph

The Fork-tailed Woodnymph is a species of hummingbird in the family Trochilidae.

It measures about 3.54 - 3.94 inches long and weighs about 6 grams.

Males have an iridescent green head and breast and a violet belly, but in poor light appears evenly dark overall.

Females are green above, light gray below.

Both sexes have a slightly drooping bill.

Feeds on both nectar and small insects, namely flies and ants.

Mostly found in tropical rainforests and swamp forests, but also in degraded parches of former forests, plantations and rural gardens.

Found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela.

Nest is a deep cup made of plant fibers and spider webs, attached to a fork or small branch in a tree about 2 meters above the ground.

The female lays 2 white eggs, which she incubates for 14 - 18 days. The chicks fledge 18 - 24 days after hatching.


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