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Old Thursday 1st June 2006, 05:31   #1
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Identification Please

Hey Guys, I am new here, and I need help with an identification. I was looking through clipart.com when I stumbled upon this image of a magnificent bird that I want to use for my website. Before I commit to purchasing the image, could someone possibly identify it for me? I think it may be some type of bird of paradise, but I really don't know. What do you guys think. Thanks a million people!
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Old Thursday 1st June 2006, 05:42   #2
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It's a Hummingbird: a Loddiges' Racquet-tail (Loddigesia mirabilis) I think, though no doubt someone more expert in Hummingbirds will correct me if I am wrong (which is eminently possible).

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Old Thursday 1st June 2006, 05:58   #3
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David is absolutely right, although I don't remember anybody calling it Loddiges' Racquet-tail before. It's usually called the Marvellous Spatuletail. It is endemic to a small area in northern Peru and the males (as the one on the drawing) looks absolutely stunning in flight - almost like a small hummingbird follewed by two bees! Here's are two photos and some info:

http://www.montereybay.com/creagrus/spatuletail.html
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Hi Meg,

A warm welcome to BirdForum from all the Moderators and Admin. Glad you got the ID sorted
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Old Thursday 1st June 2006, 06:08   #5
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Hi, Meg! Another warm welcome to you from BirdForum!

Whoa, what a wonderful bird! Would love to see that one flying in person!
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Old Thursday 1st June 2006, 06:35   #6
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Originally Posted by Rasmus Boegh
David is absolutely right, although I don't remember anybody calling it Loddiges' Racquet-tail before. It's usually called the Marvellous Spatuletail. It is endemic to a small area in northern Peru and the males (as the one on the drawing) looks absolutely stunning in flight - almost like a small hummingbird follewed by two bees! Here's are two photos and some info:

http://www.montereybay.com/creagrus/spatuletail.html
I was relying on a rather old book. Is the scientific name still current?
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I was relying on a rather old book. Is the scientific name still current?
Yes, it is still Loddigesia mirabilis (which was why I recognized it).

And before I forget; Meg - welcome to BF.
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Old Friday 2nd June 2006, 02:32   #8
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hey guys! thanks so much for the help. Yes it is a magnificent species. Thanks for the warm welcome as well!
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Old Friday 2nd June 2006, 14:47   #9
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Into French, this hummingbird is called " Loddigésie Admirable ".
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Old Friday 2nd June 2006, 16:39   #10
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According to HBW5, other common names of this rare and threatened hummingbird are:

Marvellous Racquet-tailed Hummingbird
Peruvian Racquet-tailed Hummingbird
Loddige's Spatuletail
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