Slender Sheartail Doricha enicura



Distinguishing Characteristics

Bill black, long and curved. White spot behind the eye. Crown, area around the ear, nape and upperparts bright green. Wing feathers blackish. Males and females are different. Male: 11 - 12.5 cm. 2.33 g. Chin black, throat glittering pinkish-violet, a white band on chest. Underparts dull green, central belly white. Tail very long, deeply forked, two inner feathers, rest blackish. Female: 8 - 9 cm. 2.6 g. Blackish stripe behind the eye. Throat and underparts cinnamon. Tail black, much shorter, with a subterminal black band and white tips; the two central feathers green. Immatures are similar to female.

Similar Species

It is similar to Tilmatura dupontii but can be distinguished by the pattern of black and white coloration of the tail, and white spot on each side of the belly to the back. Doricha eliza has the tail much shorter and the females are white below.

Detailed Description

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Recommended Citation

Slender Sheartail (Doricha enicura), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: