Black-billed Sicklebills

The Black-billed Sicklebill (Epimachus albertisi) is also known as Buff-tailed Sicklebill (leading to easy confusion with the hermit hummingbird Eutoxeres condamini).

Distribution / Range

The Black-billed Sicklebill is found in the mountain forests of New Guinea.

Description

This medium-sized bird of paradise measures up to 35cm in length. Its plumage is mostly brown.

The male has a bare maroon grey skin around its eye, buff colored tail, dark brown iris, yellow mouth and black sickle-like bill. It is adorned with dark horn-like forecrown feathers, an erectile fan-like bronze neck plumes and elongated purple-tipped flank plumes.

Black-billed Sicklebill

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The female lacks the forecrown feathers of the male, neck and flank plumes. She is smaller, dark barred below, and her bill is longer than male.

Breeding / Nesting

The female lays one to two pale cream eggs with brown and grey spots.

Diet / Feeding

Its diet consists mainly of fruit and arthropods.