Stripe-tailed hummingbird

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Stripe-tailed hummingbird
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Apodiformes
Family: Trochilidae
Genus: Eupherusa
E. eximia
Binomial name
Eupherusa eximia
(DeLattre, 1843)
Eupherusa eximia map.svg
Range of E. eximia

The stripe-tailed hummingbird (Eupherusa eximia) is a species of hummingbird endemic to subtropical moist forest and adjacent clearings of Middle America, from the Gulf slope of southeastern Mexico to Panama.


This medium-sized hummingbird can measure up to 10 cm (3.9 in) long, and weigh up to 4.3 g (0.15 oz). The male has metallic green upperparts that grade to bronze at the rump and tail. It sports a conspicuous rufous wing patch when the wings are folded. The underwing is mostly rufous-cinnamon. The namesake striped tail is formed by dark bronze green central rectrices and outer rectrices which have black outer webs, white inner webs and broad black tips. The female has a metallic green back but her underparts and the sides of her face are light brownish grey. On both sexes, the bill is straight and black.[2]

The female lays two white eggs in a small cup nest lined with plant fibres.

The white-tailed hummingbird and the blue-capped hummingbird are sometimes considered subspecies of this species.[citation needed]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Eupherusa eximia". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ Arizmendi, M.C.; Rodríguez-Flores, C.; Soberanes-González, C.; Schulenberg, Thomas S. (2013). Schulenberg, T.S. (ed.). "Stripe-tailed Hummingbird (Eupherusa eximia)". Neotropical Birds Online. Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Retrieved 27 July 2014. External link in |website= (help)

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