The Spatuletail Hummingbird

The Spatuletail Hummingbird, a large member of the hummingbird family, was named for its fan like, spatula-shaped tail feathers.

This hummingbird species resides in northern Peru in the Marañon region.

Source: Shapely, Dan. The Daily Green. The Worlds Most Bizarre and, Yes, Marvelous Hummingbird. Retrieved from the World Wide Web August 13, 2009. http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/marvelous-spatuletail-hummingbird-47081202

 
Facts

Appearance of the Spatuletail Hummingbird

Spatuletail Hummingbird

The Spatuletail Hummingbird has a bright violet-blue crown of feathers and is named after is unique spatula-shaped tail feathers.

This hummingbird species actually has four tail feathers, but two of them are quite unique. The feathers are colored the same voilet-blue color as the hummingbirds crown and the shape and size of these two feathers gives the Spatuletail its distinctive appearance.

 

Geography of the Spatuletail Hummingbird

The Spatuletail hummingbird is found only in northern Peru in the Marañon region. This conservation corridor is rugged land with various landscapes throughout the 6-million acres.

 

Local Environments of the Spatuletail Hummingbird

Sadly enough this species of hummingbird is endangered, according to the International Compilation of The World’s Rare and Threatened Wildlife red list (IUCN).

The American Bird Conservancy (ABC) released a report this month talking about how there is a major lack of land preservation in this region of Peru and how they are trying to improve it.

If you’d like to help with this conservation effort or find out more, visit the American Bird Conservancy:

 

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