Horned Sungem

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Horned Sungem
Haeckel - Heliactin bilophus.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Trochiliformes
Family: Trochilidae
Genus: Heliactin
F. Boie, 1831
Species: H. bilophus
Binomial name
Heliactin bilophus
(Temminck, 1820)
  • Heliactin bilopha (lapsus)
  • Heliactin bilophum (lapsus)
  • Heliactin cornutus
    (Wied-Neuwied, 1821)

The Horned Sungem (Heliactin bilophus) is a species of hummingbird. It can make 90 wingbeats per second when it's hovering to drink nectar from flowers. A wingbeat is one complete up-and-down movement, which means that the horned sungem moves its wing muscles at a rate of more than 10,000 times per minute. It lives in Bolivia, Brazil, and Suriname. It likes mostly dry open or semi-open habitats, such as savanna and Cerrado. It does not like thick humid forest.