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White-tailed Goldenthroat Polytmus guainumbi

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
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  • © Margareta Wieser

These golden-green hummingbirds inhabit wet grasslands, dry shrubby savannas, pastures, and roadsides. They tend to favor areas near water. Both males and females display a white streak above and below the eye, and have a white-tipped tail. White-tailed Goldenthroats forage by themselves at low levels, making an incessant, loud spit call as they go. They feed from scattered flowers or glean insects and spiders from vegetation.

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© Ted Parker

  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

White-tailed Goldenthroat (Polytmus guainumbi), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: