Stripe-tailed Hummingbird Eupherusa eximia

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
  • Authors: Marîa del Coro Arizmendi, Claudia I. Rodríguez-Flores, Carlos A. Soberanes-González, and Thomas S. Schulenberg



Stripe-tailed Hummingbirds sometimes pierce flowers with long corollas (Feinsinger 1977, Stiles and Skutch 1989).

When foraging or in aggressive encounters, Stripe-tailed Hummingbirds frequently utter loud buzzes and flash the tail open (Feinsinger 1977; see also Slud 1964).

This hummingbird ranges from the understory to the canopy (Howell and Webb 1995), occuring "mainly" in the canopy but "frequently descending to shrub level in gaps, along edges, or in adjacent semi-open or second growth", with only breeding females regularly occuring in the understory (Stiles and Skutch 1989; see also Slud 1964).


Little information. Male Stripe-tailed Hummingbirds are "very aggressive and often territorial in forested habitats" and Stripe-tailed Hummingbirds of either sex "invariably set up a territory .... whenever Amazilia was absent from a richer resource clump" (Feinsinger 1976).

Sexual Behavior

Little information. Stripe-tailed Hummingbird presumably is polygynous, as are most if not all species of hummingbirds (Schuchmann 1999: 509).

Male Stripe-tailed Hummingbirds sing from perches at medium heights at gaps in the forest and at forest edge (Stiles and Skutch 1989).


No reported instances of predation on Stripe-tailed Hummingbird?

Recommended Citation

Arizmendi, M. d. C., C. I. Rodríguez-Flores, C. A. Soberanes-González, and T. S. Schulenberg (2013). Stripe-tailed Hummingbird (Eupherusa eximia), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.