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Ocreatus underwoodii

Booted Racket-tail

  • Order: Apodiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae


Ocreatus underwoodii

Pichincha, Ecuador; 21 February 2007 © Andrew S. Johnson

The Booted Racket-tail is an Andean hummingbird found from Colombia and Venezuela south to Bolivia.  This is a spectacular hummingbird - males have a short blackish bill, metallic green body, black wings, and elaborate tail.  The tail is long and green, and the central two rectrices are extended with bare rachises tipped with blunt "rackets".  Females are white below with green speckles and a white-tipped tail lacking racketed elaboration.  Both sexes of Booted Racket-tail show puffy white leg feathers.  This very small hummingbird favors humid woodland edges in mid-elevations in the Andes.

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Booted Racket-tail (Ocreatus underwoodii), 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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  • Primary Habitat:Montane evergreen forest
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  • IUCN Status:Least Concern