Long tailed Sylph

Aglaiocercus kingii

The Long-tailed Sylph is a hummingbird that belongs to the Trochilidae family. The male has a striking appearance with a mostly emerald green body, blue-green throat, and an extremely long forked tail. On the other hand, the female has a shorter tail with a spotted throat, buffy belly, and a short white mustache stripe. It is primarily found on the eastern slope of the Andes, from Venezuela to Bolivia, in the foothills and subtropical zones, between 1,200 to 2,500 meters above sea level. It can be seen in cloud forests and at forest edges, and sometimes visits feeders. Although the male may resemble trainbearers, they have different habitats. You can spot this bird in our tours to the Manu National Park.

Photo: Alfredo Cornejo