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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Archosauromorpha
Cladus: Crurotarsi
Divisio: Archosauria
Subsectio: Ornithodira
Subtaxon: Dinosauromorpha
Cladus: Dinosauria
Ordo: Saurischia
Cladus: Theropoda
Cladus: Neotheropoda
Infraclassis: Aves
Cladus: Euavialae
Cladus: Avebrevicauda
Cladus: Pygostylia
Cladus: Ornithothoraces
Cladus: Euornithes
Cladus: Ornithuromorpha
Cladus: Ornithurae
Cladus: Carinatae
Parvclassis: Neornithes
Cohors: Neognathae
Ordo: Apodiformes

Familia: Trochilidae
Subfamilia: Trochilinae
Genus: Discosura
Species: D. popelairii - D. langsdorffi - D. letitiae - D. conversii - D. longicaudus

Discosura (Bonaparte, 1850)

Consp.Gen.Av. 1 p. 84
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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.

The genus contains five species.[1]

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


Gill, Frank; Donsker, David; Rasmussen, Pamela, eds. (July 2020). "Hummingbirds". IOC World Bird List Version 10.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 2 January 2020.

Remsen, J.V. Jr.; Cadena, C.D.; Jaramillo, A.; Nores, M.; Pacheco, J.F.; Robbins, M.B., Schulenberg, T.S.; Stiles, F.G.; Stotz, D.F. & Zimmer K.J. (2008): A classification of the bird species of South America. American Ornithologists' Union. Accessed 2008-07-20.

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