Sparkling-Tailed Hummingbird

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Tilmatura Dupontii

Sparkling-tailed Hummingbird

Males have long, forked, blackish tails with white bands that can be seen when folded, a glittering blue or bluish-purple, throat with a white stripe below, across the chest until the nape, they have a green crown, nape, and back. Their abdomens are dusky green.

Females are cinnamon-colored on the face, throat, chest, and abdomen, and there is a dark stripe behind each eye. Their tail is shorter, cleft and double-rounded, with green inner feathers and blackish tipped white outer feathers.

Juveniles resemble adult females.

BILL: black, straight and long.

SIZE: medium-sized, measuring from 2.6 - 3.94 inches in length - including the tail, males are generally a little larger with a length of 3.54 to 3.94 inches; and females usually are about 2.6 - 3 inches.

WEIGHT: weighs between 2.4 - 3.3 grams.

COLOR: blue, bluish-purple, black, white, green, dusky green, and cinnamon.

NECTAR from a variety of brightly colored, scented small flowers of trees, herbs, shrubs, and epiphytes.

INSECTS small spiders and insects.

Hovering, while feeding from flowers. Aggressively defends feeding territory from intruders.

NEST: cup-shaped nest out of plant fibers woven together and green moss on the outside for camouflage in a protected location in a shrub, bush or tree.

EGGS: 2 white eggs.

Subtropical or tropical moist montane forest and heavily degraded former forest.Subtropical or tropical moist montane forest and heavily degraded former forest.

Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua.

The Sparkling-Tailed Hummingbird is also known as the Sparkling-Tailed Woodstar or the Dupont's Hummingbird.

Sparkling-tailed Hummingbird Infographic




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