Gray-Bellied Comet 

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Taphrolesbia griseiventris

The Gray-Bellied Comet or Grey-Bellied Comet is a species of hummingbird in the family Trochilidae. It is threatened by habitat loss.

It is a large hummingbird with a long beak and a deeply forked tail, growing to 5.5 - 6.7 inches.

Upperparts are bronzy-green and the long green tail feathers have orangish tips. Underparts are gray and males have a blue throat.

Tail of the female is shorter than that of the male.

Both sexes have a small white spot behind the eye.

Feeds on a wide variety of flowers, and sometimes pierces the base of larger blooms to reach the nectar.

Inhabits areas of steep, rocky, and dry slopes with some vegetation. Mainly lives at altitudes of 2,750 to 3,170 meters (9,020 to 10,400 ft) above sea level.

Has a limited range which contributes to its currently being endangered.

Found living in five separate, but close sites in north central Peru in the Andes mountains.


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