Swallow-tailed Hummingbird (Eupetomena macroura)

Order: Apodiformes Family: Trochilidae IUCN Status: Least Concern

swallow-tailed hummingbird
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Yanatile, Cusco

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Quillabamba, Cuzco

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Brazil

Identification & Behavior: ~17 cm (6.6 in). The Swallow-tailed Hummingbird is mostly green with a blue head and iridescent blue on the throat and breast. The tail is blue and deeply forked. Both sexes have similar plumages, but the male has more saturated colors. The larger size and deeply forked tail are unmistakable. It favors forest edges and semi-open habitats.

Status: The Swallow-tailed Hummingbird is uncommon an local. It is only known from the dry Urubamba Valley where it ranges at elevations between 1000-1500 m. The Swallow-tailed Hummingbird is also reported from Pampas del Heath in extreme southeast Peru. It also occurs in Br and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Colibrí de Cola Ahorquillada.

Sub-species: Swallow-tailed Hummingbird (Eupetomena macroura hirundo), Gould, 1875.

Meaning of Name: Eupetomena: Gr.  Eu= fine, good and petomenos= ever on the wing. macroura: Gr makros= long and ouros,  oura= tailed, tail.

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Distribution Map


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 08/01/2015.