Sword-billed Hummingbird

About the Sword-billed Hummingbird
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


The Sword-billed Hummingbird is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species has a very large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

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