Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)


Marvelous Spatuletail (Loddigesia mirabilis)


French: Loddigésie admirable German: Violettscheitel-Flaggensylphe Spanish: Colibrí admirable

Trochilus mirabilis


, 1847,

Chachapoyas, Peru




N Peru along E bank of R Utcubamba (Amazonas); recorded also farther E, in San Martín#R.

Descriptive notes

Male 15–17 cm (including tail 11–13 cm), female 9–10 cm (tail 5–7 cm); c. 3 g. Male has slightly decurved black bill; crest blue, hindneck brownish,... read more


During aerial display, male emits a repeated high-pitched buzzy metallic note, sounding like static... read more


Forest edges, second growth and montane scrub like Rubus thickets mixed with some ... read more

Food and feeding

Nectar of flowering Rubus, Bomarea formosissima and Staureja sericea. Perches while feeding rather than hovering... read more


Probably Dec–Feb based on gonadal condition, although display flights have been recorded in Oct, Nov and May. No further information... read more


Sedentary. Records at 1700 m and 3700 m require confirmation.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. CITES II. Previously listed as Vulnerable. Restricted-range species: present in North-east Peruvian Cordilleras EBA. Generally uncommon, with few recent records,... read more

Recommended citation

Züchner, T. & Boesman, P. (2020). Marvelous Spatuletail (Loddigesia mirabilis). 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 on 3 April 2020).