|Wire-crested Thorntail Discosura popelairii
|Ecuador and Peru
The Wire-crested Thorntail is distributed on the eastern slope of the Andes from Colombia through Ecuador to Peru with a few records in the extreme north of Bolivia. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. It is found in the canopy and borders of humid forest.
Given the threat to its habitat, it is classified as Near Threatened.
The male has a long, wiry crest and a long, forked tail. Like all Thorntails it has a conspicuous white band on its rump. It also has orange leg puffs.
|The female, seen here in photo 4, lacks the long crest and tail but is very similar to the female Black-bellied Thorntail D. langsdorffi.|
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