Marvelous Spatuletail Male cm (including tail cm), female cm ( tail cm); c. 3 g. Male has slightly decurved black bill; crest blue, hindneck. Criteria: A3c;B1ab(v);C2a(ii) Click here for more information about the Red List categories and criteria. Justification of Red List category. There are recent. Learn more about the Marvellous spatuletail – with amazing Marvellous spatuletail photos and facts on Arkive.

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A genus tends to contain species that have characteristics in common. She has a white throat and lacks the colorful throat patch and black line that can be seen in the male. Authentication This information is awaiting authentication by a species expert, and will be updated as soon as possible. The male can move these feathers independently. Loddigesia mirabilis Bourcier The video below gives you a brief glimpse of the male’s courtship dance using those remarkable tail feathers:.

Juveniles lack the spatules of the adults. Natural World Special”, 9 November The marvellous spatuletail is unique among birds in having just four feathers in its tail.

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Team WILD, an elite squadron of science superheroes, needs your help! The mating system of the marvellous spatuletail is polygamouswhich means the male will mate with several different females. Its body is quite small in size but this hummingbird has an extraordinarily long tail and males have rackets on the outer mirabiliw tail feathers.


Ethiopian short-headed frog Balebreviceps hillmani. Wikimedia Commons has media mirabbilis to Loddigesia mirabilis. Blog Friday 05 October Wildscreen With: If you have a photograph that you’d like to enter into the Enchantment photo contest, you can learn more on their Facebook site yeah, I know; I hate Facebook, too.

Public comments No comments yet Only members are able to post public comments. Marvellous Spatuletails – Hummingbirds. X Close Link to this photo Embed this Arkive thumbnail link “portlet” by copying and pasting the code below. The marvellous spatuletail is the only member of its genusLoddigesia 4 7.

Marvellous spatuletail biology The marvellous spatuletail feeds on nectar, with its preferred food plant being the loddigeaia lily, Bomarea formosissimaalthough it has also been recorded feeding from at least loddigfsia other species of flowering plant 2.

Marvelous Spatuletail (Loddigesia mirabilis) – BirdLife species factsheet

This beautiful hummingbird is unique among birds, because it has just four feathers in its tail. MyAvibase allows you to create and manage your own lifelists, and produce loddogesia reports to help you plan your next birding excursion. They also take some small spiders and insects – important sources of protein particularly needed during the breeding season to ensure the proper development of their young.

Marvelous Spatuletails inhabit humid forest borders, second growth, and montane scrub. The female pushes the food down the chicks’ throats with her long bill directly into their stomachs. The male marvellous spatuletail displays to a female by hovering in front of her, waving his tail feathers. The female alone protects and feeds the chicks with regurgitated food mostly partially-digested insects since nectar is an insufficient source of ooddigesia for mirqbilis growing chicks.


Loddigesia mirabilis, Trochilus mirabilis Lithuanian: The marvellous spatuletail has a very small range, being endemic to the mountains of north-western Peru. Lekking A mating system in which males display lodigesia in an area known as a lek, to attract and compete for females. In the male, the outer two of these tail feathers are the spatula-shaped streamers.

A male adult flying.

Help us share the wonders of the natural world. The courtship display of the male marvellous spatuletail is so energetically demanding that it can only be performed for very short periods. Polygamous Loddigeisa with more than one partner in the same season. The plumage is mostly white and green below and bronzy-brown above.

It is then up to the female marvellous spatuletail to build a nest and raise the chicks. During this display, the males will dance with a twig at super high speed, hopping over and over, backwards and forwards, across the twig mid-air.

There are many ways to contribute—we need species information, photographs, audio, video, translations, maps, distribution data, and bird sightings. Login or Subscribe to get access to a lot of extra features! Locals also capture males specifically for their attractive tail mirabili and for food — as their dried hearts are said to have aphrodisiac properties.

Little woodstar Chaetocercus bombus. Males give elaborate courtship displays for females, although the ratio of adult males to liddigesia and younger birds appears to be quite unbalanced.