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Green Thorntail Hummingbird

Discosura conversii


Green Thorntail is a small, uncommon hummingbirdwhich has a distinctive, bee-like flight. They typically forage at flowering canopy trees, and also glean insects from the under surfaces of large leaves in the canopy. Only the male has the long, deeply forked tail with very narrow tips to the outer rectrices. The tail of the female is short, but one of the most distinctive features of the female is a broad white malar stripe (see photo). Both sexes have a white band across the rump and a white flank patch; in most of its geographic range, it is the only hummingbird with a white rump band. Otherwise very little is known about the natural history of Green Thorntail.


Photo taken at San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve/Quito located in Upper Andean Forest (Lodge 9,500 ft. o.s.l.)

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Stephen Wain
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Stephen Wain

Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador

Spotted on May 6, 2018
Submitted on Jun 14, 2018

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