Wow! I’m glad I don’t have a tail like that. I’d be forever stepping on it and slamming it in doors.
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UPDATE: Many thanks to Jay (at naturalistsangle.blogspot.com), for identifying our August Mystery Bird. This fascinating small bird is the Peruvian Spatuletail Hummingbird (Loddigesia mirabilis), also known as the Marvelous Spatuletail Hummingbird.
The Marvelous Spatuletail (Loddigesia mirabilis) is a medium-sized (up to 15 cm long) white, green and bronze hummingbird adorned with blue crest feathers, a brilliant turquoise gorget, and a black line on its white underparts. It is the only member of the monotypic genus Loddigesia. It is sexually dimorphic.
The Marvelous Spatuletail is considered by many to be the world’s most spectacular hummingbird species. It is also one of the world’s rarest hummingbirds, with an estimated 500-800 found in one small area of northern Peru.
A Peruvian endemic, this species is found on forest edges in the Río Utcubamba region. It was first reported in 1835 by the bird collector Andrew Matthews for George Loddiges, after whom the genus is named.
The Marvelous Spatuletail is unique among birds in having just four feathers in its tail. Its most remarkable feature is the male’s two long racquet-shaped outer tail feathers that cross each other and end in large violet-blue discs or “spatules”. He can move them independently.
Due to ongoing habitat loss, small population size, and limited range, the Marvelous Spatuletail is evaluated as Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. In spite of that, through the man-made miracles of modern photography and the internet, literally billions of us can still wonder at the beauty and grace of these splendid creatures.
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