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Wire-crested Thorntail Discosura popelairii

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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

Wire-crested Thorntail (Discosura popelairii), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: