Long-billed Starthroat Heliomaster longirostris

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
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Distinguishing Characteristics

11 - 12 cm. Bill black, straight and long. A dull white stripe behind the eye, a black stripe on cheek, and a white stripe along each side of the throat. Chin black, throat dark metallic purple, chest gray and flanks green-bronze. Presents gray spots on both sides of the rump. The tail is square, dark, and the outer feathers with white tips. Males and females are different. Male: 7.1 g. Crown blue to bluish-green, rest of back bronzy-green with a white stripe in the middle of the rump. Female: 6.5 g. Sometimes little blue on crown, color in the throat, is more reduced. Overall more brownish. Immatures have dark throat with some purple feathers and have overall plumage spotted.

Similar Species

It is of a hummingbird with bill very long, similar to Heliomaster constantii, which in general is much paler and has orange the throat.

Detailed Description

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Recommended Citation

Long-billed Starthroat (Heliomaster longirostris), 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/lobsta1