|Long-billed Starthroat (Heliomaster longirostris)|
|Brazil and Colombia
The Long-billed Starthroat is found from southern Mexico to northwest Peru, throughout Amazonia and into central and north-east Brazil. In forest it prefers canopy, edges and clearings but is also found in more open habitats such as cerrado. It avoids the shady forest interior.
|The bill is very long, straight and black and the head is well marked with a small white spot behind the eye, a white malar stripe and a gorget which in the male is a dark metallic purple and in the female is a dusky grey. The tail is short, square and tipped with white while the breast is grey with a
white central stripe broadening into the belly.
It feeds largely on nectar from long flowers on flowering trees but can also be seen hawking for insects high in the air.
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