Booted Racket-tail Hummingbird

The Ocreatus underwoodii (scientific name) or booted racket-tail hummingbird is endemic to South America, specifically Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. 2.9 inches in length, this hummingbird is distinguishable from the others because of its tail feathers. The upperparts are golden-green in colour; the throat and breast are iridescent emerald green, and legs are feathered down to spiky white feathers; the rump too is white. The tail is brownish-black and forked. The tail feathers keep increasing in length and the outermost feathers are extremely long and broad at the tips, resembling a racket. Its diet is comprised of nectar, and sometimes insects and spiders. An average clutch-size has 2 eggs which are incubated for 16-17 days. Its IUCN listing is the LEAST CONCERN.

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