One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A hummingbird that typically lives at high altitude, especially in the Andes, and is adapted to the harsher climate there.
Family Trochilidae: two genera, in particular Oreotrochilus, and five species
- ‘Some like the hillstars of the High Andes nest in small caves from which they hang their nests, some hang theirs from the underside of leaves’
- ‘On the routes guests see a wide variety of birds including hummingbirds, hillstars and many species of birds of prey.’
- ‘Resident birds such as wedge-tailed hillstars and Cochamba mountain finches seek shelter from the blowing wind.’
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