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Long-tailed Hermit Hummingbird

Scientific name: Phaethornis superciliosus

Length: 6 inches (15 cm)

Identification: Having both a long curved bill and a long white tail, the long-tailed hermit hummingbird has a dark bronzy-brown crown (head) and body with a lighter chest and underside. The female has a smaller wingspan than the male.

Habitat and range: Found in the lowland edges of tropical forests, especially along streams, the P. superciliosus ranges from Mexico through Central America and into northern South America.

FYI: The long-tailed hermit may fasten its nest from a hanging palm leaf. Also, since the voice of one hummingbird is relatively weak, male long-tail hermits will group together for "communal singing" in "leks" for the purpose of attracting females for mating. T.A.W. Davis reported assemblies in Guyana of two to three -- and rarely, more than 100 singers. Source: Alexander F. Skutch, The Life of the Hummingbird (New York: Vineyard Books, Inc., 1973), p. 60. P. superciliosus is now sometimes called the eastern long-tailed hermit hummingbird, and it was called the "supercilious humming-bird" in the 1800s, i.e., -ious compared to -iosus. Some naturalists suggest that the propensity of hummingbirds to quickly circle a walking human may be an abundance of energy manifested in playful amusement for the bird. Source: "Hummingbird," The Audubon Nature Encyclopedia, 1965, Vol. 5, p. 894.

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(in alphabetical order)

Allen's Hummingbird

Anna's Hummingbird

Black-chinned Hummingbird
Blue-throated Hummingbird


Booted Racket-tail Hummingbird


Broad-billed Hummingbird
Broad-tailed Hummingbird


Calliope Hummingbird


Costa's Hummingbird
Crimson Topaz Hummingbird


Long-tailed Hermit Hummingbird


Magnificent (Rivoli's) Hummingbird
Peruvian Sheartail Hummingbird   Plain-capped Starthroat Hummingbird   Red-billed Streamertail Hummingbird
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Select a hummingbird's nest by its name: (in alphabetical order)

Allen's Hummingbird (nest) & another

Anna's Hummingbird (nest) & another

Bearded Helmetcrest Hummingbird (nest)
Black-chinned Hummingbird (nest) & another & with mother


Broad-billed Hummingbird (eggs only)


Buff-bellied Hummingbird (nest)
Calliope Hummingbird (nest)


Costa's Hummingbird (nest) & another & with mother


Fork-tailed Emerald Hummingbird (nest)
Giant Hummingbird (nest)


Glittering-bellied Emerald Hummingbird (nest)


Golden-bellied Starfrontlet Hummingbird (nest)
Purple-throated Sunangel Hummingbird (nest)   Ruby-throated Hummingbird (nest)   Rufous Hummingbird (nest) & with parents
Sappho Comet Hummingbird (nest)   Xantus' Hummingbird (nest)  

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