Band-tailed Barbthroat Threnetes ruckeri

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
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  • © Chris JimĂ©nez

A medium-sized hermit, with an almost straight bill, the Band-tailed Barbthroat is usually found in understory of primary and disturbed forests, forest edge, dense second-growth, shrubbery, and plantations, often near rivers. The Band-tailed Barbthroat is mainly nectivorous, but will also consume arthropods, especially spiders. For tubular flowers too long for its bill, the Band-tailed Barbthroat has been observed robbing nectar, where it uses its bill to pierce the lower part of the flower to extract nectar. The southern subspecies, T. r. venezuelensis is somewhat duller on the breast than the nominate northern race.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Band-tailed Barbthroat (Threnetes ruckeri), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: