Red-billed streamertail

Red-billed streamertail

Kingdom
Phylum
Class
Order
Family
Genus
SPECIES
Trochilus polytmus
WEIGHT
4.4-5.2 g
LENGTH
10.5-30 cm
WINGSPAN
16.5 cm

The red-billed streamertail, also known as the doctor bird, scissor-tail or scissors tail hummingbird, is indigenous to Jamaica, where it is the most abundant and widespread member of the hummingbird family. While most authorities now consider it a separate species, some continue to consider it conspecific with the black-billed streamertail. The red-billed streamertail is the national bird of Jamaica. When the black-billed streamertail of eastern Jamaica is considered a separate species, the red-billed streamertail occurs west of a line from Morant Bay following the Morant River, and via Ginger House and the middle Rio Grande to Port Antonio. These birds feed on nectar from flowers using a long extendable tongue or catch small insects on the wing. The next-to-outermost rectrices of the male are 15–18 centimetres long, far longer than its bearer's body. Females lack the elongated rectrices, and are largely white below. Adult males in flight produce a distinctive whirring flight sound. The whirring is synchronised with the wingbeats and video footage shows primary feather eight bending with each downstroke, creating a gap that produces the fluttering sound. Bird sound other than via vocal organs is referred to as sonation.

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Di

Diurnal

He

Herbivore

Ne

Nectarivore

Ar

Arboreal

To

Torpor

Is

Island endemic

Po

Pollinator

Te

Terrestrial

Te

Territorial

Po

Polygyny

Po

Polygamy

So

Solitary

Pa

Partial Migrant

R

starts with

Distribution

Geography

Continents
Countries
Biogeographical realms

Red-billed streamertail habitat map

Climate zones

Habits and Lifestyle

Seasonal behavior
Bird's call

Diet and Nutrition

Mating Habits

MATING BEHAVIOR
INDEPENDENT AGE
3 weeks

References

1. Red-billed streamertail Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-billed_streamertail
2. Red-billed streamertail on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22687469/93153469
3. Xeno-canto bird call - https://xeno-canto.org/308453

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