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Red-billed Streamertail Hummingbird

Scientific name: Trochilus polytmus


Identification: The streamertail has the plummage of long tail feathers crossing in resemblance to the old-fashioned coattails of a doctor; hence, Jamaicans call it the "Doctor bird."

Habitat and range: The red-billed Streamertail hummingbird is found only in Jamaica.

FYI: A high-pitched hum is made by the uniquely scalloped and fluted streamers of the bird's tail in flight. Female hummingbirds may use threads from a spider web to bind its nest of plant down and moss together. Laying two bean-sized white eggs, she will feed her babies regurgitated insects. Source: "Blue-throated Hummingbird," Book of North American Birds, (Pleasantville, New York: Reader's Digest Association, Inc., 1990), p. 194. After 2-3 weeks of incubation, baby hummingbirds are born without feathers They are ready to leave the nest after only three weeks. Source: "Hummingbird," The International Wildlife Encyclopedia, 1969, Vol. 9, p. 1136. Since the feet of the hummingbird are small and weak, instead of walking or hopping, it will fly for even short distances. Source: "Hummingbird," The Audubon Nature Encyclopedia, 1965, Vol. 5, p. 892.

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Select a hummingbird by its name:
(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
Ruby-throated Hummingbird   Rufous Hummingbird   Sword-billed Hummingbird
Violet-crowned Hummingbird   White-eared Hummingbird   Xantus' Hummingbird

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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