Racket-tailed Coquette

The two elongated tail feathers of the male make this tiny bird appear slightly larger. Living in lowland rain forest, it is rarely seen as it feeds on small, open flowers high in the foliage canopy, taking nectar with its short bill. Males show off their distinctive tail feathers in display flights.

• NliST A tiny cup nest, bound with spiderwebs, in a twig fork at the forest edge.

• DISTRIBUTION Two populations; one in S. Venezuela and the Guianas, one in E. Brazil.

Female decorative feather disks long, bare shafts of outer tail feathers

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