Streamertail Trochilus polytmus

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Julia Brokaw


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BirdLife International. 2012a. Species factsheet: Red-billed Streamertail Trochilus polytmus. Downloaded from BirdLife International on 18 April 2012.

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Recommended Citation

Brokaw, J. (2013). Streamertail (Trochilus polytmus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.