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Discosura popelairii

Wire-crested Thorntail

  • Order: Apodiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae

Authors: Sedgwick, Carolyn W.

Discosura popelairii

Cock of the Rock Lodge, Kosñipata Valley, Manu BR, Madre de Dios, Peru; 28 August 2011 © John McKean

Males of this species are stunning with their long, wire-like crests and exceedingly long, forked tails. Both sexes display a white rump band and while the female is similar to the female Black-bellied Thorntail (Discosura langsdorffi), her middle underparts are all black, not black and green. The Wire-crested Thorntail inhabits humid forests where it is most often seen hovering like a bee high in the canopy or perching conspicuously along the canopy’s edge.

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Recommended Citation

Sedgwick, Carolyn W.. 2011. Wire-crested Thorntail (Discosura popelairii), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

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