Racket-tailed Coquette (Discosura longicaudus)

Racket-tailed Coquette

[order] APODIFORMES | [family] Trochilidae | [latin] Discosura longicaudus | [UK] Racket-tailed Coquette | [FR] Coquette a raquettes | [DE] Diskuselfe | [ES] Rabudito de Raquetas | [NL] Vlagstaartkolibrie


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Trochilus longicaudus
Discosura longicaudus SA ne SA, e Brazil

Physical charateristics

The male is unmistakable, it has a long forked tail with the outer feathers much longer than the rest, both ending in a racket shaped plume. Crown, throat and upperbreast glittering green, lower brest golden copper, belly whitish. Mantle bronze green without glitters and a narrow whiteband across the rump. The female lacks the rackets.

wingspan min.: 0 cm wingspan max.: 0 cm
size min.: 9 cm size max.: 10 cm
incubation min.: 13 days incubation max.: 14 days
fledging min.: 20 days fledging max.: 14 days
broods: 0   eggs min.: 1  
      eggs max.: 3  


South America : Northeast South America, East Brazil


Humid forest along rivers and scrubby savannah. Mostly forages in the canopy.


The nest is a small cup made out of soft plant material lined with seed down and plant fibre. It is built between 3-6 meters up in a tree on a horizontal branch. Clutch size is 2 eggs incubated by female and lasts 13-14 days, young fledge after 20 more days.

Feeding habits

Their food is nectar, taken from a variety of flowers, and some small invertebrates which are gleaned from foliage and spiderwebs.


This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). Despite the fact that the population trend appears to be decreasing, the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Racket-tailed Coquette status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range

Distribution map

Racket-tailed Coquette distribution range map

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