|Sword-billed Hummingbird Ensifera
|Peru and Ecuador
The Sword-billed Hummingbird is distributed in the Andes from Venezuela through Colombia, Ecuador and Peru to Bolivia. See the distribution map at xeno-canto. It is found in the canopy and borders of forest as well as in shrubby areas, gardens, etc., mainly between 2,500 and 3,300 metres.
|It is the only bird in the world with a bill longer than its body and this is the main reason why it is often seen perched with its bill pointing upwards to help its balance. The bill is an adaptation to allow it to feed off flowers with long corollas where it has the monopoly on feeding apart from flowerpiercers and some hummingbirds that pierce the base of the flowers to get at the nectar.|
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