Wedge-billed hummingbird

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Wedge-billed hummingbird
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Apodiformes
Family: Trochilidae
Genus: Schistes
Gould, 1851
Species: S. geoffroyi
Binomial name
Schistes geoffroyi
Bourcier, 1843
Schistes geoffroyi map.svg

Augastes geoffroyi (Bourcier, 1843)

The wedge-billed hummingbird (Schistes geoffroyi) is a species of hummingbird in the family Trochilidae. It is placed in the monotypic genus Schistes, but sometimes merged with the visorbearers in Augastes. It is found in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.


Wedge-billed hummingbirds typically reside in the understory of cloud forest interiors, with preference to areas containing thick moss, ravines, and thick undergrowth.

Contrary to its name, it can be difficult to identify using only its bill characteristics. It's typically found in solitude and possesses a white stripe behind the eye, white tufts on the chest, a rounded tail, and a short bill.

Like most hummingbirds, it feeds primarily on flower nectar, mainly by piercing the base of the flower.[2]