Order: Apodiformes | Family: Trochilidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult
Sex: Males
Loc. Amazonas, Peru
Age: Adult
Sex: Females
Loc. SE Peru | SE Ecuador
Age: Sub-Adult
Sex: Male
Loc. Southeast Peru
Age: Adult
Sex: Female | Male
Loc. SE Peru | SE Ecuador

Identification & Behavior: ~11.5 cm (4.5 in) (male), 7 cm (3 in) (female). The male Wire-crested Thorntail is coppery green above with a white band across the rump. The iridescent green forehead projects to a tall wire-like crest. The gorget is iridescent green and broad. The tail is long, deeply forked, with the outer tail feathers ending in wire-like tips. The female has a black belly, white malar streaks, and a short and square tail with wite tips. The female is similar to the female Black-bellied Thorntail, but is distinguished  by having a solid black breast and throat, coppery  green back, a square two-toned tail, and by ranging at higher elevations.

Status: The Wire-crested Thorntail is uncommon to rare in the canopy of montane forest on the east slope of the Andes at elevations ranging between 500-1500 m. It also occurs in Co, Ec, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Cola-Cerda Crestado.

Sub-species: Wire-crested Thorntail (Discosura popelairii), Du Bus de Gisignies, 1846.

Meaning of Name: Discosura: Gr. diskos= drive, plate; and oura= tail. popelairii: In honor of Jean Baptiste Louis Joseph Baron Popelaire de Terloo (1810-1870), Belgian explorer, naturalist, collector in tropical America.

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Distribution Map
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