Green Thorntail Discosura conversii

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Thomas S. Schulenberg

Diet and Foraging


Green Thorntail primarily is nectarivorous, foraging on flowering trees such as Warscewiczia, Inga, Pithecellobium, Mimosa), flowering epiphytes (Clusia, Marcgraviaceae), and flowering shrubs such as Stachytarpheta (Hilty and Brown 1986, Stiles and Skutch 1989); appears to be especially attracted to "brushlike inforescences of [various] legumes" (Hilty and Brown 1986).

This thorntail also consumes small arthropods (Remsen et al. 1983), including "tiny flies and wasps" (Stiles and Skutch 1989) and small spiders (Wetmore 1968).

Foraging Behavior

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Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, T. S. (2013). Green Thorntail (Discosura conversii), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.