Red-tailed comet

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Red-tailed comet
Sappho sparganura.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Trochiliformes
Family: Trochilidae
Genus: Sappho
L. Reichenbach, 1849
Species: S. sparganurus
Binomial name
Sappho sparganurus
(Shaw, 1812)

Sappho sparganura

The red-tailed comet (Sappho sparganurus) is a medium-sized hummingbird found in the central Andes of Bolivia and Argentina.[2]


The male has a spectacular, long, iridescent, golden-reddish tail and reaches 22 cm in length. The female has a shorter reddish-bronze tail and reaches 15 cm in length. It has a hoarse chattery call.[3]


Common to frequent in the woodlands and scrub typical of the dry Interandean valles extended up into Polylepis forests, and into the shrubby transition zones to high elevation puna or the moister cloud forests. Frequently around human habitation in agricultural areas, cities and towns.

Local names[edit]

In at least part of its range it is known in the local Quechua language as "Q'ori Kenti" ("golden hummingbird"). It is called the "picaflor cometa" in Spanish. The genus name refers to Sappho, an ancient Greek poet of Lesbos.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Sappho sparganura". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ BirdLife International (2004). InfoNatura: Birds, mammals, and amphibians of Latin America [web application] (version 4.1 ed.). Arlington, Virginia (USA): NatureServe. Retrieved March 31, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Search results: Sappho sparganura". xeno-canto. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 

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