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The sword-billed hummingbird is the only species of bird with a bill longer than its body. To avoid toppling over, it must hold its long bill up high in order to balance when perching.
Seen at Yanacocha - The reserve is located at the northwest of Quito, on the northwest flank of Volcán Pichincha at ca. 3200-3400 m above sea level, it is open to the public, with primary access – after ascending ca. 15 kilometers on a narrow and scenic road up through partially cultivated countryside being along a main trail that actually is on top of the aqueduct and therefore is essentially level (a rarity this high in the Andes!). This trail extends for more than two kilometres through the high-elevation forest, with flocks of birds being regularly encountered. Several stations with multiple hummingbird feeders are situated at various spots, and visitors can obtain point-blank views of the many species that regularly arrive to feed.
Inhabiting montane forest, the sword-billed hummingbird is found in the Andes of South America, from Venezuela to Bolivia. It feeds on flowers with long corollas.
Spotted on May 20, 2018
Submitted on May 20, 2018
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