Short-tailed Woodstar Myrmia micrura

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Thomas S. Schulenberg and Carolyn W. Sedgwick
  • © Juan José Chalco Luna

Short-tailed Woodstars are very small hummingbirds with an incredibly short tails. This woodstar inhabits desert and coastal scrub in the Tumbesian region of southwestern Ecuador and northwestern Peru. These hummingbirds forage low near the ground, searching for nectar at flowering plants and also capturing some insects. The male Short-tailed Woodstar has a flight display, during which they give a melodious series of high pitched tititi and sweee notes. Short-tailed Woodstar is generally resident, but some birds seem to leave coastal areas during the wet season.

Audio needed
  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, T. S. and C. W. Sedgwick (2014). Short-tailed Woodstar (Myrmia micrura), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.