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 Rufous-tailed Hummingbird (Amazilia tzacatl)




Rufous-tailed Hummingbird | Amazilia tzacatl photo
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, Merida, Venezuela

Photograph by Tom Friedel, http://www.birdphotos.com. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

RUFOUS-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD FACTS

Description
The Rufous-tailed Hummingbird is mainly green, with a rufous tail and rump. The back and sides are green with a golden tint. The wings are dark. The belly is pale gray. The long straight bill is red with a black tip. Juveniles are similar to adults. Rufous-tailed Hummingbirds are aggressive, and defend their feeding territories against other hummingbirds.

Size
10cm - 12 cm

Environment
open country, woodland, scrub, forest edge, plantations, gardens

Food
feeds on nectar, and also eats small insects

Breeding
The female Rufous-tailed Hummingbird lays two white eggs in a small cup-shaped nest made from plant-fibre and dead leaves. The nest is located one to six metres above the ground on a thin twig. The eggs hatch after 15-19 days, and young leave the nest about 20-26 days after hatching.

Range
The Rufous-tailed Hummingbird breeds in eastern central Mexico, Central America and northern South America.

Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Apodiformes
Family:Trochilidae
Genus:Amazilia
Species:tzacatl
Common Name:Rufous-tailed Hummingbird


Relatives in same Genus
  Cinnamon Hummingbird (A. rutila)