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White-tailed Hummingbird Eupherusa poliocerca

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Marîa del Coro Arizmendi, Claudia I. Rodríguez-Flores, Carlos A. Soberanes-González, and Thomas S. Schulenberg
  • © Stephen Davies

This hummingbird, endemic to southwestern Mexico, is listed as Vlnerable and its population unfortunately appears to be decreasing. White-tailed Hummingbird possesses a small range and is threatened by loss of habitat to deforestation. White-tailed Hummingbirds prefer humid evergreen forests, cloud forests, open woodlands, and plantations. They forage on nectar from a variety of different flowers and fan open their tails when feeding. White-tailed Hummingbirds are primarily green, with a distinctive rufous wing patch and tails that are mostly white.


© Steve N. G. Howell

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

Recommended Citation

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