Sword-billed Hummingbird (Ensifera ensifera)

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    Sword-billed Hummingbird (Ensifera ensifera). Male. Guango Lodge, Papallacta, eastern Andes, Ecuador. One of many different species of hummingbirds we encountered on our trip to Ecuador. This spectacular hummingbird has a bill about 90-100mm (3.5-4") long, and has evolved to feed from flowers with long corollas, particularly Datura flowers.

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    1. outofthedark33 69 months ago | reply

      Amazing capture!
      Flying high with this beautiful bird!


    2. sericornis 69 months ago | reply


      what an outstandingly stunning bird

    3. kasia-aus 69 months ago | reply

      Wow! Magic!

      I saw this amazing shot in Feathers+Beaks=Birds

      ~Thank you for sharing!~: Feathers+Beaks=Birds

    4. ivlys 69 months ago | reply

      Fantastic colours, great shot!

    5. Wind Home 69 months ago | reply

      Wow!!! That's really cool, I've never seen one of these kinds before. Just so beautiful and what a long long beak. I'm always thrilled to see one I've never seen before.
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    6. allanhowell1 69 months ago | reply

      great capture
      Flying high with this beautiful bird!


    7. wmspics 69 months ago | reply

      beautiful creature !
      and a superb image .

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    8. ron_co2002 69 months ago | reply

      An incredible beak as long as or longer than the body
      great shot

    9. gastonCc 69 months ago | reply

      You are definitely a Bird Watcher!
      Please add this photo to http://www.flickr.com/groups/birdwatching/
      and tag your photo "Bird Watcher"

    10. rwolfert 69 months ago | reply

      Gorgeous shot.

    11. BRISTLEHEAD 69 months ago | reply

      Wow...Amazing..Great capture.

    12. alexteve 69 months ago | reply

      beautiful shot!!!!

    13. beeater 69 months ago | reply

      I fed on Datura once....Strawberry fields forever! Think I saw some of these exquisite birds when i was in that state!

    14. D. Newkirk 69 months ago | reply

      Wow that's one amazing shot!!! : ) D.

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    15. maureen_g 69 months ago | reply

      OMG!!!! Unbelievable beak!!!! Wonder if it gets in the way!!! I sure wouldn't want to have that stuck on my face!!! ;-))

    16. aaardvaark 69 months ago | reply

      Just an idle thought, I wonder if the tongue is the full length of the bill? And whether it uses the bill as a weapon?

    17. David Cook Wildlife Photography 69 months ago | reply

      Thanks again everyone - these sword-bills are amazing. How they manage to manoeuver around without bashing into things is beyond me, but they do.

      My understanding is that not only does the tongue run the length of the bill, like most birds it's actually attached to the back of the head, and can extend beyond the end of the bill. If anyone has any more info on this I'd appreciate it.

    18. Juan D Ramirez Rpo 63 months ago | reply

      Hermosa!! Que buena especie

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