Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Racket-tailed Coquette (Discosura longicaudus)


Taxonomy

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

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.

Distribution:

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

Voice

No information.

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

Sedentary.

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. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/55432 on 23 October 2018).