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Red-billed Streamertail

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Photo by Stanley Jones Just outside the Village Lacovia,   Jamaica, November, 2010
Photo by Stanley Jones
Just outside the Village Lacovia, Jamaica, November, 2010
Trochilus polytmus


[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.

Photo by the late Jan Van den BroeckJamaica
Photo by the late Jan Van den Broeck

[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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