Black-backed thornbill

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Black-backed thornbill
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Apodiformes
Family: Trochilidae
Genus: Ramphomicron
R. dorsale
Binomial name
Ramphomicron dorsale
Salvin & Godman, 1880

The black-backed thornbill (Ramphomicron dorsale) is a species of hummingbird in the family Trochilidae. It is found in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. The species is currently endangered due to threats such as logging and forest fires.[2]

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist montane forest and subtropical or tropical high-altitude grassland.

Its call is described as short "“trrr” sounds.[3]

It feeds of arthropods and the nectar of Ericaceae, Erythrina, Lobeliaceae, Melastomataceae, Puya, Rubiaceae and Salvia.[3]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Ramphomicron dorsale". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ "The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. doi:10.2305/ Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Black-backed Thornbill (Ramphomicron dorsale)". Retrieved 26 May 2019.