Sword-billed Hummingbird

About the Sword-billed Hummingbird

The Sword-billed Hummingbird is a species of hummingbird found in parts of South America. It is named for its extremely long bill; it's the only species of bird to have a bill longer than its body.

Sword-billed Hummingbirds typically perch with their bills pointed upwards, reducing body strain associated with holding up its extremely large bill. These hummingbirds also do most of their preening with their feet.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 08 April 2019
Scientific Name
Ensifera ensifera
  • Apodiformes
  • Trochilidae
  • Ensifera
  • E. ensifera
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 22 May 2019)
LC
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Measurements
Units: Imperial / Metric
5.1 to 5.5 inches
.35 to .53 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 剑嘴蜂鸟
Czech (Cesky) kolibřík mečozobec
Danish (Dansk) Sværdkolibri
Dutch (Nederlands) Zwaardkolibrie
Finnish (Suomi) peitsikolibri
French (Français) Colibri porte-épée
German (Deutsch) Schwertschnabelkolibri
Italian (Italiano) Colibrì spadaccino
Japanese (日本語) ヤリハシハチドリ [yarihashihachidori]
Norwegian (Norsk) Sverdkolibri
Polish (Polski) mieczodziobek
Portuguese (Português) Beija-flor-bico-de-espada
Russian (русский язык) Колибри-мечеклюв
Spanish (Español) Colibrí Picoespada
Swedish (Svenska) svärdnäbb
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