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It inhabits the humid and very humid tropical and subtropical forests. Moderately common in the passage between the basins of Cauca and Nechí- near Ventanas (above Valdivia). In cloud forest with dense understory. The region where he lives is currently deforested to a large extent.

In the females, the upper and middle rectrices are bronze-green. The dull black lateral rectrices are bronze iridescent. The throat center and chest are greyish with small green speckles, turning to bronze green on the sides and golden green on the abdomen.

The food of this species is nectar, taken from a wide variety of flowers, and some small insects. Ruby-topaz hummingbird males perch conspicuously and defend their territories aggressively. The call of this species is a high-pitched tsip.

Close observation showed that the Santa Marta parakeet’s diet correlated with vegetation abundance, which suggests that it exhibits ecological flexibility. Its foraging strategies, which change depending on vegetation, rely highly on group cohesion and altering between food sources

The long-tailed sylph feeds on nectar (as of many other hummingbirds), insects, and, at times, small spiders. Flowers with higher sugar content are often preferred. They can be seen at hummingbird feeders, as well. A long-tailed sylph can lick nectar up to 13 times per second!

It is a bird that can be seen alone or in groups of 2 or 3 individuals. It seeks food while walking slowly following groups of ibis and manatees. The populations of the United States migrate in winter to the warm areas of the Caribbean, Mexico and northern South America.