July 10, 2015 – Black-tailed Trainbearer (Lesbia victoriae)

Requested by: taylorrbranham

These long-tailed hummingbirds are found in parts of Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. Their range partially overlaps with the Green-tailed Trainbearer, a smaller species with a shorter beak and greener tail feathers. They drink nectar from a variety of flowers and catch insects in the air, or pluck them from branches, leaves, or spiderwebs. As in other hummingbird species, females build nests from spiderwebs, plant fibers, and moss and care for the chicks without assistance from males.