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Red-billed Streamertail

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Trochilus polytmus
Photo by Stanley Jones Just outside the Village Lacovia,   Jamaica, November, 2010
Photo by Stanley Jones
Just outside the Village Lacovia, Jamaica, November, 2010
Photo by Jan Van den BroeckPhotographed: Jamaica
Photo by Jan Van den Broeck
Photographed: Jamaica

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[edit] Identification

Adult male - 8.5-10 ins (22-cm) with tail plumes; iridescent green body, black tail, head and nape; bill red with black tip. Immature male similar colouring but without the long tail plumes. Female - 4 ins (10.5cm); white underparts, green upperparts, dark tail feathers with white tips; bill red at base, but sometimes appears black.

[edit] Distribution

A widespread endemic in Jamaica, but absent from the extreme east, where the Black-billed Streamertail (T. scitulus) is found.

[edit] Taxonomy

The Red-billed and Black-billed Streamertails were once considered races of the Streamertail (T. polytmus) as they intergrade in areas of contact. Some authorities still consider them one species.

[edit] Habitat

Mainly middle and high-elevation forests, woods, open scrub and gardens; seasonal on the coast.

[edit] Behaviour

Voice: A loud metallic 'teet or ting and a prolonged twink-twink-twink.... The male's streamers hum in flight.

[edit] References

[edit] External Links

The Red-billed_Streamertail was the bird of the month of the Society for Conservation and study of Caribbean Birds recently *this , is a relatively complete presentation of the species.

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