Booted racket-tail

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Booted racket-tail
Ocreatus underwoodii, Booted Racket-tail.jpg
male "Anna's" racket-tail
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Apodiformes
Family: Trochilidae
Subfamily: Trochilinae
Genus: Ocreatus
Gould, 1846

The booted racket-tails, a small group of hummingbirds in the genus Ocreatus that was long considered to have only one species, O. underwoodii; field research by Karl-L. Schuchmann published in 2016 found notable differences between some populations traditionally assigned to O. underwoodii, however, and recommended that the taxa annae, addae, and peruanus be raised to species level.[1] The research results have been mostly accepted by the IOC, with more data required for the species status of Anna's racket-tail.[2] The American Ornithological Society has yet to recognize the split.

White-booted racket-tail, northwest slope of the Andes, Ecuador


  1. ^ Schuchmann, Karl-L.; Weller, André-A.; Jürgens, Dietmar (2016). "Biogeography and taxonomy of racket-tail hummingbirds (Aves: Trochilidae: Ocreatus): Evidence for species delimitation from morphology and display behavior". Zootaxa. 4200 (1): 83. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4200.1.3. PMID 27988640.
  2. ^ "Proposed Splits/Lumps « IOC World Bird List".