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9Â·6â€“11 cm (3Â¾-4Â¼ in)
 Similar Species
Green-fronted Lancebill, which has a violet forehead and a shorter bill.
Two subspecies are recognized:
In the Andes, they seem to favour wet forests in the foothills and mountain slopes.
The often hold the bill pointing upwards.
Their main diet consists of nectar, obtained while hovering at tubular flowers, and arthropods.
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