Marvelous Spatuletail

A Peruvian endemic, this species is found in the forest edge of the Río Utcubamba region. It was first reported in 1835 by the bird collector Andrew Matthews for George Loddiges. The Marvellous Spatuletail is unique among birds, for it has 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.

The Marvelous Spatuletail is classified as Endangered (EN), considered to be facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild.

lsirvioThe marvelous spatuletail (Loddigesia mirabilis) truly is a marvelous hummingbird. While the bird’s bright purple or pinkish forehead and cap, white flanks and dark central chest streak are distinctive, its most impressive feature is the long outer feathers in its tail that end in broad discs. These long feathers can be moved independently and play an important role in attracting females. Unfortunately, these unique feathers also make the bird attractive to poachers, and it is now considered an endangered species. More

VIDEO: Check out the marvelous spatuletail in action. Comments (2) | Email This | | Posted in Animal Sightings | Permalink | TrackBack (0) Comments Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post. I've marveled at the birds of paradise, but I had no idea there was such a fantastic humming bird. More

Marvelous Spatuletail which exists only in a remote valley of northern Peru. It was discovered by bird collector Andrew Matthews in 1835, working for George Loddiges. It was the skin of this first male that became the basis from the drawing of this unique hummingbird by H.C. Richter in John Gould's famous monograph, a portion of which artwork is shown at right (from the reprint of Gould (1990). More

* Marvelous Spatuletail photo gallery at VIREO including this high-resolution photo * Spatuletail video at the BBC Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia. More

Marvelous Spatuletail and the Search for Long-whiskered Owlet Friday 30 July to Sunday 8 August 2010 with Barry Walker and Rich Hoyer as leaders Friday 1 July to Sunday 10 July 2011 with Rich Hoyer as leader Price: $4,990 - Reserve Now View details Tour Links * Itinerary More

A conservation plan for the Marvelous Spatuletail has been completed (January 2009), based on information obtained during the surveys and other ecological studies. For more information about this project or ABC’s work in northern Peru, contact Contact Us Employment About ABC Site Map Privacy Policy Copyright © 2007 American Bird Conservancy. More

The Marvelous Spatuletail is perhaps the world’s most spectacular hummingbird. It is endangered, and occurs only in a tiny part of northern Peru. American Bird Conservancy and its Peruvian partner group ECOAN are creating a community nature reserve, planting thousands of native hummingbird flowers, and developing a sustainable eco-tourism program. The spatuletail’s survival depends on the success of these efforts. More

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to which Marvelous Spatuletail comes into. Other hummingbirds include Little Woodstar and Emerald-bellied Puffleg. Comfortable hotel in Pomacochas Day 4. Pomacochas to Abra Patricia Lodge. Marvellous Spatuletail.and Long-whiskered Owlet. Birding hill near Pomacochas where often Marvelous Spatuletail males can be seen lekking. Continue to Abra Patricia and bird there during the afternoon. There are good hummingbird feeders here as well. Recently the rare Purple-bibbed Whitetip was seen here. More

Marvelous Spatuletail Lodge at Choctamal, Chachapoyas-Perú Welcome to the world’s best location to see the very best and endangered type of bird, of the world’s most exotic species (the hummingbirds) Welcome to Levanto - Chachapoyas The Marvelous Spatuletail Lodge was built and donated to the village of Choctamal by Los Tambos Chachapoyanos to create a sustainable income as an incentive for them to preserve their resources. More

The best months to see the marvelous spatuletail in Choctamal are: November, December, January, February, March, April , May They carefully observe these every day and call the long tail feathers “antennas” because these are in addition to their regular tail, and move independently. More

The Marvelous Spatuletail Lodge at Levanto has sights of Hummingbird visiting the lodge several times every day along. Some are smaller than a locust while others have a beak longer than their body to get nectar out of long trumpet like flowers. foto de ave silvestre Bird-life International estimates there are less than 1000 Marvelous Spatuletails in the entire world, which positions them on the Red List of endangered birds. More

The Marvelous Spatuletail is indeed marvelous. And strange. The hummingbird, native to Peru and found only there, has just four tail feathers, but the male grows two of his tail feathers to enormous proportions. Each ends in a spoon-shaped (spatula-shaped?) violet-blue disc, which he waves and crosses in wild patterns to attract a mate. Unfortunately, this amazing bird is endangered; it is listed on the IUCN red list, the international compilation of the world's rare and threatened wildlife. More

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Marvelous Spatuletail at what we are calling the "Kolibri reserve" since Gunnar he lped raise money to purchase this land. It was a steep hike and the birds were moving fast, but eventually we got some great looks! We also had some Blue Capped Tanagers and a variety of other Hummingbirds including both Trainbearers. The next stop was at the reserve that had hummingbird feeders, where we got even better looks at the Spatuletail, and other hummers. More

Order : Apodiformes
Family : Trochilidae
Genus : Loddigesia
Species : mirabilis
Authority : (Bourcier, 1847)