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Black-bellied Hummingbird Eupherusa nigriventris

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Thomas S. Schulenberg and Carolyn W. Sedgwick



Male Black-bellied Hummingbirds often forage in the canopy, visiting flowering trees and epiphytes; females, on the other hand, typically forage near the ground at forest edges and gaps (Stiles and Skutch 1989).

Sexual Behavior

Little information. Skutch's observations of only females constructing the nest or incubating the eggs is consistent with the presumption that Black-bellied Hummingbird polygynous, as are most if not all species of hummingbirds (Schuchmann 1999: 509).

Male Black-bellied Hummingbirds sing from perches at tall shrubs at the edge of gaps in the forest (Stiles and Skutch 1989).

Social and interspecific behavior

Black-bellied Hummingbird usually is solitary, as is typical of hummingbirds in general.


No reported observations of predation on Black-bellied Hummingbird?

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, T. S. and C. W. Sedgwick (2014). Black-bellied Hummingbird (Eupherusa nigriventris), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.