March 02, 2017

Sword billed hummingbird

One of the more unusual birds we saw in Ecuador was the sword-billed hummingbird.

Ensifera ensifera

This is the only bird species with a bill length that exceeds the body length. When seen perched, the species usually holds its bill quite upright, presumably because of balance issues stemming from this long and relatively heavy structure. -source Cornell Lab of

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