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SCIENTIFIC NAME: Eupetomena macroura
POPULATION: Unknown, considered common
HABITAT: Dry, semi-open habitat; urban areas such as yards, parks, and gardens
Swallow-tailed Hummingbird is one of the largest of its family, measuring up to 6½ inches long. Like the Long-tailed Sylph and Marvelous Spatuletail, the bird’s distinctive, colorful tail makes up nearly half its length.
With five recognized subspecies, the Swallow-tailed Hummingbird is widely distributed in eastern South America, including in several reserves—such as Serra do Urubu—supported by ABC in Brazil. Although non-migratory, some populations move north or south a short distance in the dry winter months.