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“Swordbill is a popular name for any individual of the humming bird genus, Docimastes. The bill which exceeds in length the body of the bird, is a character by which this humming bird may be distinguished at the first glance. Its use is to reach the insects on which the bird feeds at the bottom of long tubular flowers. On species is known, an inhabitant of Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru."—(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)


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Everybody's Cyclopedia (New York, NY: Syndicate Publishing Company, 1912)


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