Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Near Threatened

Wire-crested Thorntail (Discosura popelairii)


Taxonomy

French: Coquette de Popelaire German: Haubenfadenelfe Spanish: Rabudito crestado
Taxonomy:

Trochilus popelairii

Du Bus de Gisignies

, 1846,

Peru

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

Foothills in E Colombia (W Meta), E Ecuador and E Peru (S to Puno). Recorded also in adjacent Bolivia#R.

Descriptive notes

Male c. 11·4 cm (including long tail), female 7·5–8·2 cm; c. 2·5 g. Male has short straight black bill; crown glittering green with long... read more

Voice

A quiet, somewhat liquid “tew” has been noted.

Habitat

Humid forest and edges at 500–1500 m; sole record from Bolivia was at 400 m. Usually forages... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on nectar of flowering Inga trees; also takes arthropods.

Breeding

One nest in Apr (Colombia) saddled at end of branch 8 m above ground.

Movements

No information available. Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Currently treated as Near Threatened. Generally rare, e.g. in Peru, with just one (recent) record in Bolivia, although some observations of... read more

Recommended citation

Züchner, T. & Kirwan, G.M. (2018). Wire-crested Thorntail (Discosura popelairii). 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/55428 on 12 December 2018).