Wire Crested Thorntail
Wire crested Thorntail belongs to the family Trochilidae, and has four subspecies. Small, compact hummingbird found on the east slope of Andes from central Colombia to central Peru. Male is unmistakable; look for long pointed tail, wirelike crest, short straight bill, and white band across the rump. Female is less spectacular, but still has the obvious white rump band and a white mustache patch. Occurs in the foothills from around 600 to 1,600 m, generally at higher elevations than the very similar Black-bellied Thorntail. Visits feeders, but also can be seen at flowering shrubs (especially purple Verbena) and trees. You can find it in our tours to the Manu National Park.
Photo: Alfredo Cornejo