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Revista Brasileira de Biologia

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Abstract

ONIKI, Y.  and  WILLIS, E. O.. Nesting behavior of the swallow-tailed hummingbird, Eupetomena macroura (Trochilidae, aves). Rev. Bras. Biol. [online]. 2000, vol.60, n.4, pp.655-662. ISSN 0034-7108.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-71082000000400016.

An August or winter nestling of Eupetomena macroura was fed only every 40-50 min for at least 24 days in the nest, with fewer feedings at midday. As in other hummingbirds, it was brooded only the first week or two, and left alone even on cool nights after 12 days, probably due to the small nest size. The female attacked birds of many non-nectarivore species near the nest, in part probably to avoid predation. Botfly parasitism was extremely high, as in some other forest-edge birds.

Keywords : nesting; hummingbird; Eupetomena macroura; parasitism; predation.

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