The Sword-billed Hummingbird has the longest bill of any Trochilidae species. It is the only member of the genus Ensifera. This species occurs mainly in wet montane forest at high elevation.
Length: 17-22 cm, including the bill of 9-11 cm
Weight: 12-15 g
The adult male has coppery-bronze head, including the feathers at bill base. It has white postocular spot.
The upperparts are dark bronze-green. The forked tail is blackish to bronze-green according to the light. The flight feathers are dark brown to blackish.
On the underparts, the throat is blackish. Breast and throat sides are glittering green. The belly is dark grey.
The long, straight bill is black, rather heavy and slightly upturned. The eyes are dark brown. Legs and feet are pale pink with black claws.
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