|Swallow-tailed Hummingbird (Eupetomena macroura)|
(aka Campylopterus macrourus according to HBW Volume 5, Page 554, putting it in the same genus as they put the Sombre Hummingbird (Aphantochroa cirrhochloris)
The Swallow-tailed Hummingbird is one of the largest hummingbirds at about 15 cms (6 inches) from tip of bill to tip of tail.
Its head and neck are deep violet-blue with the rest of its body bronzy-green. It has a slightly curved black bill and a long, deeply forked dark blue tail.
|Photos 7 and 8 are of the subspecies E. m. simoni, from north-east Brazil which has more bluish green on the underparts and on the back than the nominate subspecies of the other photos.
It likes a variety of habitats from forest to savanna and has colonised gardens and parks in cities. The first 4 photos were taken in the centre of São Paulo.
It is found in Brazil, Peru and Bolivia and ranges from sea-level to about 1,500 metres.
|It feeds on nectar and will chase most other hummingbirds away from its area quite fiercely. Swallow-tailed Hummingbirds also catch small insects and has been seen hunting insects until it was quite dark in the evening.|