Sombre Hummingbird Aphantochroa cirrochloris

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The Sombre Hummingbird is a large, dull hummingbird of eastern Brazil. It has a rather heavy, slightly decurved black bill, rather broad wings, and a large tail, features which have justified placement in the genus Campylopterus (sabrewings) in the past. It is dull iridescent green above and dusky below, with a very small white postocular spot. It inhabits forest edge and understory, where it feeds on nectar and aerial arthropods. Its nest is a cup of plant material placed on a horizontal branch.


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Recommended Citation

Sombre Hummingbird (Aphantochroa cirrochloris), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: