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Sword-billed hummingbird - beak highlight - IV, Jardin, Colombia  Antioquia,Colombia,Colombia Choco & Pacific region,Ensifera ensifera,Fall,Geotagged,Jardin,Jardín,South America,Sword-billed hummingbird,World Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

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  1. Seriously beautiful. I'm so envious of you! Are you in Columbia right now? Posted one year ago
    1. No, this is from our October trip. It typically takes me the better part of a full year to fully share such a set in small batches :)

      We're going back once more in October though!
      Posted one year ago
  2. Such a stunning bird, I am officially jealous! Posted one year ago
  3. I'm blown away...that bill is amazing! Quite the adaptation Posted 2 months ago, modified 2 months ago
    1. Hehe. The bill is so large that it is unable to peck its own feathers for cleaning, it needs to use its feet for that. It also has to fly head upwards to avoid crashing :) Posted 2 months ago

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The sword-billed hummingbird is a neotropical species of hummingbird from the Andean regions of South America. It is the sole member of the genus ''Ensifera'' and is characterized by its unusually long bill size; it is the only bird to have a beak longer than the length of its body. ''E. ensifera'' uses its bill to drink nectar from flowers with long corollas and has coevolved with the species ''Passiflora mixta''. While most hummingbirds preen using their bills, ''E. ensifera'' must use its feet.. more

Similar species: Swifts And Hummingbirds
Species identified by fchristant
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Uploaded May 27, 2018. Captured Oct 30, 2017 08:14 in Riosucio - Jardin, Jardín, Antioquia, Colombia.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/7.1
  • 1/60s
  • ISO64
  • 240mm