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Green Thorntail (Discosura conversii).jpg
Green thorntail, Discosura conversii
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Apodiformes
Family: Trochilidae
Subfamily: Trochilinae
Genus: Discosura
Bonaparte, 1850

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Discosura is a genus of hummingbird in the family Trochilidae. The thorntails are sometimes placed in the genus Popelairia (Reichenbach, 1854), leaving Discosura for the racket-tailed coquette. On the contrary, some have argued for merging this genus into Lophornis, which they overall resemble, except for the highly modified tail-feathers of the males.


Image Common Name Scientific name Distribution
Discosura popelairii -near Manu Road, Peru-8.jpg Wire-crested thorntail Discosura popelairii Colombia, Ecuador and Peru
Black-bellied thorntail Discosura langsdorffi Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela.
Letitia's thorntail Discosura letitiae Bolivia
Green Thorntail JCB.jpg Green thorntail Discosura conversii Costa Rica to western Ecuador
Trochilidae - Discosura longicauda.JPG Racket-tailed coquette Discosura longicaudus Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, and southern Venezuela