Bird of the Week, March 21, 2011
Marvelous Spatuletail

Marvelous Spatuletail by Tino Aucca

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The Marvelous Spatuletail is arguably one of the most spectacular hummingbirds in the world. Adult males have two highly modified tail feathers which they use in elaborate courtship displays to attract females.


This hummingbird, an AZE-listed species, is restricted to the Rio Utcubamba valley of northern Peru, where it is threatened by deforestation.  ABC and Peruvian partner ECOAN helped establish the Huembo conservation easement on 77 acres of land in this area. Visitors to Huembo can now see Marvelous Spatuletails at feeders and witness the entrancing courtship displays. Researchers have already documented spatuletail nesting behavior at Huembo.


ABC and ECOAN’s work to save the Marvelous Spatuletail has been supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Virginia Ornithological Society, Bill Akers, Jeff and Connie Woodman, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, among others.


Watch a video of spateuletail's remarkable courtship display


To help ABC's efforts to save the Marvelous Spatuletail, click here

Photo: Marvelous Spatuletail by Tino Aucca; Range Map: NatureServe