Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Racket-tailed Coquette (Discosura longicaudus)


French: Coquette à raquettes German: Diskuselfe Spanish: Rabudito de raquetas

Trochilus longicaudus

J. F. Gmelin

, 1788,

no locality = Cayenne


Often treated as sole member of genus Discosura, the remaining species being separated in Popelairia. Specific name sometimes modified erroneously to longicauda, but original name is correct, being invariable (as a noun phrase in apposition). Monotypic.


SE Colombia, S & E Venezuela (Amazonas, E Bolívar) and the Guianas to NC Brazil (N Amazonas E to Amapá); also NE Brazil (Rio Grande do Norte S to Rio de Janeiro).

Descriptive notes

Male c. 10 cm (including long tail), female c. 7·8 cm; 3–3·7 g. Male has short straight black bill; crown iridescent green, rest of upperparts bronzy... read more


No information.


Humid forest along rivers up to 200 m altitude and scrubby savanna, but has been recorded much... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on nectar of flowering Anacardium (Anacardiaceae), Caesalpinoidae dicymbe (Fabaceae), Calliandra (Fabaceae... read more


No information on season. Nest cup-shaped, made out of soft plant material, lined with Typha seed down, fibres of Bromeliaceae and... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Rare throughout range, being, for example, known from just five localities in S Venezuela. Affected by extensive deforestation in many... read more

Recommended citation

Züchner, T., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2020). Racket-tailed Coquette (Discosura longicaudus). 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 7 April 2020).