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Tepui Goldenthroat Polytmus milleri

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The Tepui Goldenthroat is a large hummingbird found in isolated tepui mountains in northern South America.  Though previously thought to be endemic to Venezuela, the species also lives across international borders in both Guyana and Brazil.  Males have a dark gray auricular patch bordered by white, pale green underparts with a red, decurved bill, copper-green upperparts, and white in the base of the green tail.  Females are similar but with duller underparts spotted green and white.  Tepui Goldenthroats frequent savannah habitats where they trap-line flowers and hawk insects instead of simply guarding and feeding upon a single patch of flowers.

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Recommended Citation

Tepui Goldenthroat (Polytmus milleri), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/tepgol1