Letitia's thorntail

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Letitia's thorntail
Discosura letitiae.jpg
Illustration by J. Gould
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Apodiformes
Family: Trochilidae
Genus: Discosura
Species: D. letitiae
Binomial name
Discosura letitiae
Bourcier & Mulsant, 1852

Popelairia letitiae (Bourcier & Mulsant, 1852)

Letitia's thorntail (Discosura letitiae), also known as the coppery thorntail, is a species of hummingbird in the family Trochilidae. It is only known from two old male specimens from Bolivia (though localities for old skins often are unreliable, and it is possible they came from elsewhere). Consequently, its behavior and habitat are unknown, but likely similar to that of other thorntails. It has been suggested that it represented a hybrid or a variant of the racquet-tailed coquette, but a study has validated its status as a distinct species.[1]