Red-billed streamertail

Jamaica’s national treasure, a hummingbird unlike any other

Charles J. Sharp

Red-billed streamertail


Jamaica’s national treasure, a hummingbird unlike any other


Imagine a dazzling emerald jewel brought to life, with a touch of fiery magic. Its coat shimmers with a vibrant green, catching the sunlight like a tiny prism. Unlike some hummingbirds, the red-billed streamertail lacks the fancy head ornamentation – its brow is smooth, showcasing its bright and curious eyes.

But the true showstopper lies behind. This hummingbird isn’t just stunning; it’s flamboyant. Long, forked tail feathers trail behind it like a dancer’s ribbons, adding a touch of elegance and drama. These feathers aren’t just for show, though. They help the red-billed streamertail with its acrobatic maneuvers as it flits from flower to flower.

Now, take a peek at its beak. Unlike most hummingbirds with black or dark beaks, the red-billed streamertail, as its name suggests, boasts a bright red beak. This vibrant splash of color adds a finishing touch to its already stunning appearance. But the red beak isn’t just for aesthetics – it might play a role in attracting mates or signaling dominance. These little jewels aren’t solitary creatures. They prefer the company of their kind, flitting about in small groups or pairs. They’re a talkative bunch, buzzing their wings and using high-pitched chirps to communicate with each other. Imagine tiny whispers and chirps as they share the secrets of the best flowers for nectar!

The red-billed streamertail is a master of the skies. Their wings beat incredibly fast, allowing them to hover in mid-air as they sip nectar from flowers. They’re not just sippers, though – they play a vital role in the ecosystem. As they flit from flower to flower, they transfer pollen, helping plants reproduce.


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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No