Buff-tailed Sicklebill Eutoxeres condamini

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
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Its stunning, extremely curved bill makes the Buff-tailed Sicklebill immediately identifiable except where it overlaps with White-tipped Sicklebill. Both species exhibit white tips to the retrices, but the base of the Buff-tailed’s retrices are buff-colored, where the White-tipped’s would be white. Buff-tailed Sicklebills also possess an exquisite blueish-teal patch on the side of the nape. They inhabit the shaded understory of humid and wet forests, especially near Heliconia stands and along streams. Sicklebills have a large altitudinal range but where they are most common, Buff-tailed Sicklebils favor open, cultivated, or disturbed habitat. They are particularly abundant in disturbed foothills surrounding the Río Napo of eastern Ecuador.

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

Recommended Citation

Buff-tailed Sicklebill (Eutoxeres condamini), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/butsic1