Booted Racket-tail Ocreatus underwoodii


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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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-breeding

Recommended Citation

Booted Racket-tail (Ocreatus underwoodii), In Neotropical Birds Online (, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: