Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Green Thorntail (Discosura conversii)


Taxonomy

French: Coquette à queue fine German: Grüne Fadenelfe Spanish: Rabudito verde
Taxonomy:

Trochilus Conversii

Bourcier and Mulsant

, 1846,

Bogotá, Colombia

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

Mountains of Costa Rica and Panama S through W Colombia to SW Ecuador.

Descriptive notes

Male c. 10 cm (including long tail), female c. 6·6–7·5 cm; c. 3 g. Male has short, straight bill, black; crown glittering green, rest of upperparts green... read more

Voice

Mostly silent. A short, high “tsip” or “seep” when feeding, and soft squeaky chipping during... read more

Habitat

Humid forest, forest edge and at flowering trees in clearings up to 1000 m, occasionally 1400 m.... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on nectar of flowering Clusia, Inga, Mimosa, Pithecellobium and Warscewiczia. Gleans... read more

Breeding

Probably Nov–Apr (Costa Rica). No further information available.

Movements

Sedentary, some seasonal altitudinal dispersal likely.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Uncommon throughout most of range. In common with congeners, restricted to forest habitats which remain under threat of... read more

Recommended citation

Züchner, T. & Boesman, P. (2019). Green Thorntail (Discosura conversii). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/55431 on 16 February 2019).