wire crested thorntail birds
wire crested thorntail birds

Wire Crested Thorntail

Discosura popelairii

The Wire-crested Thorntail is a small hummingbird in the Trochilidae family with four subspecies. It is typically found on the east side of the Andes, ranging from central Colombia to central Peru. The male has a distinct appearance with a long pointed tail, a wire-like crest, short straight bill, and a white band across the rump. The female is less showy but still has a noticeable white rump band and white mustache patch. This species is commonly found in foothills ranging from 600 to 1600 meters, usually at higher elevations than the similar Black-bellied Thorntail. They visit feeders and can also be seen at flowering shrubs, particularly purple Verbena, and trees. You can spot this bird on our tours to the Manu National Park.

Photo: Alfredo Cornejo