Epimachus: Sicklebills

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Black Sicklebill

Please refer to Hermit Species for Sicklebill Hummingbird species (which are unrelated to the birds of paradise).

The genus Epimachus (Cuvier, 1816) consist of four species birds of paradise with long decurved sickle-like bill.

Sicklebills feed by “trap-lining” between favorite plants and, unlike most other hummingbirds, actually perch on the flowers while feeding.


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