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Heliomaster longirostrisBonaparte, 1850
Common Name: long-billed starthroat, heliomaster piquilargo,colibri pico largo

This species can be found in borders of secondary-growth, open woodlands and clearings.

Has been reported from Southern Mexico to Bolivia and southern Brazil.
Natural History Notes
This species hummingbird has a really unique coloration pattern and no other Panamanian species is similar. This species is not very common but we can observe it perching on high exposed branches. Its diet consists mostly in flowering trees and during the dry season, it will favor Erythrina species. This hummingbird also go after small insects.
This species has a total length of 12.07 cm (measured from tip of bill to end of tail). The beak of this hummingbird is straight and fairly long, with a length of 3.81 cm. The male has a blue crown and white spots behind the eye, which contrast with the brilliant green background. The lower part of the body is stripped white and the throat is reddish purple. The underparts are green and gray as well as the tail. The female looks like the male but lacks the blue crown on the head.
In Bocas Del Toro
Reported ByGeorge Angehr
Museum ReferencesThe Field Museum
CommentsConservation status according to IUCN 2008 Red list: Least Concern (LC).
It is a resident species.
Compiled by
Lexi Weintraub; Zoe Joly-Lopez
IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Ridgely, Robert. S. and John. A. Gwynne. Jr. 1989. A Guide to the Birds of Panama. Second Edition. Princeton University Press. Princeton, New Jersey. 534 p.

Van Bael, Sunshine A., Bichier, Peter, Ochoa, Isis and Greenberg, Russell. 2007. Bird diversity in cacao farms and forest fragments of western Panama. Biodiversity and Conservation 16: 2245-2256.

Wetmore, Alexander. 1968. The birds of the Republic of Panamá. Part 2. Columbidae (Pigeons) to Picidae (Woodpeckers). Washington DC: Smithsonian Institution Press.
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