Discosura letitiae


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Discosura letitiae
Species Authority: (Bourcier & Mulsant, 1852)
Common Name(s):
English Coppery Thorntail
Spanish Rabudito Cobrizo
Popelairia letitiae Sibley and Monroe (1990, 1993)
Popelairia letitiae Stotz et al. (1996)
Popelairia letitiae BirdLife International (2000)
Popelairia letitiae BirdLife International (2004)
Popelairia letitiae Collar and Andrew (1988)
Popelairia letitiae Collar et al. (1994)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2012-05-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Butchart, S. & Symes, A.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Capper, D., Sharpe, C J, Stuart, T., Symes, A.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Discosura letitiae is known from two specimens simply labelled as from Bolivia, and taken prior to 1852 when it was described (Bourcier and Mulsant 1852, Butchart and Bird 2010). A study investigating the possibility that the specimens represented immature or variant plumages of Racquet-tailed Coquette Discosura longicauda (probably the most closely related species) or a hybrid form validated the original treatment as a separate species (Graves 1999). It could occur in the ornithologically poorly known Amazonian lowlands of north or north-east Bolivia, as the only other Popelairia recorded there is Black-bellied Thorntail P. langsdorffi (in extreme north-west Pando) and three of the other four Popelairia and Discosura species have lowland distributions. However, localities for 19th century trade skins, such as these, are often unreliable, to the extent that the two specimens may not have even come from Bolivia (Graves 1999). Furthermore, international boundaries have changed in this area since the early 19th century, such that parts of the Amazon previously in Bolivia are now in Brazil.

Bolivia, Plurinational States of
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Population [top]

Population: The global population size has not been quantified, but this species is described as 'rare' (Stotz et al. 1996).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Unknown, but may occur in primary and secondary forest in the Amazonian lowland and foothills.

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Unknown, but if it is an extant species of the Amazonian lowlands it is presumably threatened by habitat loss.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions Underway
CITES Appendix II.

Conservation Actions Proposed
Search for the species in lowland forest in northern Bolivia.

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Discosura letitiae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 28 August 2015.
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