White-tailed Sabrewing Hummingbird (Campylopterus ensipennis)


June 23, 2012

White-tailed Sabrewing

Nancy took this image on the last full day of a ten-day trip led by Brian Rapoza for the Tropical Audubon Society to Trinidad and Tobago.

This is a large hummingbird, about five inches long and weighing ⅓ ounce with a one-inch bill. Males are generally larger than females. They look similar, but females are duller and do have longer bills. In its Latin name, the first word is Greek for "bent wing" and the second word means the same in Latin.

Their range is restricted to Tobago and two coastal mountain ranges in northeastern Venezuela. It was thought that Hurricane Flora wiped them off of Trinidad and Tobago for good in 1963, but they were rediscovered in 1974 and have now fully recovered. They usually hang out in mature montane forests, but can also be found in shade coffee plantations and such. Males aggressively defend territories, but play no part in building nests or raising the young.

Photographic details: Canon EOS 7D camera w/ EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens set at 400mm. Off-camera flash was used. Camera was on f/5.6 for 1/2000 sec at ISO 1600.

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