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Blue-tailed Hummingbirds inhabit open woodlands, humid and dry pine or oak forests, second growth, edges, coffee plantations with trees, scrub, and clearings. They forage at all levels and are particularly fond of Inga flowers. The blue tail is certainly helpful in their identification, but Blue-tailed Hummingbirds are sometimes practically indistinguishable from Steely-vented Hummingbirds (Amazilia saucerrottei). In proper lighting, Blue-tailed Hummingbird shows rufous in the wings while Steely-vented does not.