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Sappho sparganura

Sappho sparganura (*)

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Aves
Subclassis: Carinatae
Infraclassis: Neornithes
Parvclassis: Neognathae
Ordo: Trochiliformes
Familia: Trochilidae
Subfamilia: Trochilinae
Genus: Sappho
Species: Sappho sparganura


Sappho sparganura (Shaw, 1812)


Gen.Zool.[Shaw] 8 pt1 p.291 pl.39

Vernacular names
English: Red-tailed Comet


The Red-tailed Comet (Sappho sparganura) is a medium-sized hummingbird found in the central Andes of Bolivia and Argentina[1].


The male has a spectacular, long, iridescent, golden-reddish tail.


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

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


1. ^ BirdLife International (2004). InfoNatura: Birds, mammals, and amphibians of Latin America [web application] (version 4.1 ed.). Arlington, Virginia (USA): NatureServe. http://www.natureserve.org/infonatura/servlet/InfoNatura?searchName=Sappho+sparganura.

* BirdLife International (2006). Sappho sparganura. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. www.iucnredlist.org. Retrieved on 31 March 2007. Database entry includes justification for why this species is least concern.

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