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Wire-crested Thorntail

From Opus

Adult male Photo © by Stanley Jones Cock of the Rock Lodge, Challabamba, Parque Nacional del Manu, Cusco Department, Peru, September 2018
Adult male
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Cock of the Rock Lodge, Challabamba, Parque Nacional del Manu, Cusco Department, Peru, September 2018
Discosura popelairii

Popelairia popelairii

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[edit] Identification

Adult female Photo © by kitefarrago Wild Sumaco, Napo, Ecuador, July 2016
Adult female
Photo © by kitefarrago
Wild Sumaco, Napo, Ecuador, July 2016

Male 11·4 cm (4½ in); includes long tail. Female 7·5–8·2 cm (3-3¼ in)
Male

  • Glittering green crown with long crest
  • Long blue tail feathers, with white shafts
  • Green upperparts
  • Broad white band across lower back

[edit] Distribution

South America: found from eastern Colombia to eastern Ecuador and eastern Peru and adjacent Bolivia.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Discosura vs. Popelairia

Sibley & Monroe (1996) place Wire-crested Thorntail (popelairii), Black-bellied Thorntail (langsdorffi), and Coppery Thorntail (letitiae) in the genus Popelairia. However, Howard & Moore (2003) and Clements (2008) place these three taxa in Discosura, and Opus follows.

[edit] Habitat

They are to be found in humid forests and forest edges

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Their diet consists of nectar from flowers from inga trees; they also catch insects on the wing.

They will readily visit garden feeders.

[edit] Gallery

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[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Mar 2018)

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