Male.—Bill straight and rather longer than the head; wings moderately long and somewhat rounded; tail deeply forked; the outer tail-feather on each side terminating in a spatule; feet small; tarsi thickly clothed; hind toe and nail shorter than the middle toe and nail; throat luminous.
Female.—Unadorned and destitute of spatules.
Habitat: The neighbourhood of Bogota, on the Andes, and the hilly portion of eastern VenezuelaPlate 162 Spathura Underwoodi White-booted Racket-tail
In his ‘Trochilinarum Enumeratio’ Dr. Reichenbach has figured a white-booted Racket-tail under the name of Steganura remigera, which, after a careful examination of the type specimen, I have no doubt is identical with this species, I have therefore placed that name among its synonyms.
Spathura melananthera (Jard.)
Habitat: EcuadorPlate 163 Spathura melananthera Ecuadorian Racket-tail
Mr. Fraser, who procured specimens of S. melananthera at Pallatanga and Nanegal in Ecuador, states that its feet are “white.”
Spathura Peruana (Gould)
Habitat: Moyobamba in PeruPlate 164 Spathura Peruana Peruvian Racket-tail
Spathura rufocaligata (Gould)
Habitat: La Paz in BoliviaPlate 165 Spathura rufocaligata Red-booted Racket-tail
The Trochilus Addæ of M. Bourcier is considered to be identical either with the S. Peruana or the present bird; in all probability it was applied to the latter; and if this should prove to be the case, the term Addæ, having been proposed prior to that of rufocaligata, should be adopted for this species.
Spathura cissiura (Gould)
Habitat: PeruPlate 166 Spathura cissiura Scissor-tailed Racket-tail
Featuring all 422 illustrated species from John Gould’s A Monograph of the Trochilidæ, or Family of Humming-Birds arranged by color.