Coppery Thorntail / Discosura letitiae

Coppery Thorntail / Discosura letitiae

Coppery Thorntail

SCI Name:  Discosura letitiae
Protonym:  Trochilus letitiae Ann.Sci.Phys.Nat.Agric.Ind.(2), 4 p.143
Taxonomy:  Caprimulgiformes / Trochilidae /
Taxonomy Code:  coptho2
Type Locality:  Bolivia.
Publish Year:  1852
IUCN Status:  


(Trochilidae; Ϯ Racquet-tailed Coquette D. longicauda) Gr. δισκος diskos  plate; ουρα oura  tail. "The tail above, greenish brown, beneath of reddish or yellowish white. The feathers, excepting the two outer ones, are pointed, and assume a slightly forked form. The two on the outside exceed the others by about half their own length, and the shafts commence to be entirely bare where they exceed the length of the others, and are finished by a nearly round tip of black plume in the form of a racket-board" (Jardine 1833); "*198. Discosura, Bp. (Platurus, p. Less. - Mellisuga, p. Gr.)  America m.  2.    1. TROCHILUS longicaudus, Gm. (platurus, Lath.) Vieill. Ois. dor. t. 60. - Less. Ois.-Mouch. t. 40.  ex Gujana.    2. TROCHILUS ligonicaudus, Gould, (Ocreatus! ligonicaudus, Gould.) Pr. Zool. Soc. 1846.  ex Brasil." (Bonaparte 1850); "Discosura Bonaparte, Consp. Av., 1, Mar., 1850, p. 84. Type, by subsequent designation, Trochilus longicaudus Gmelin. (G. R. Gray, Cat. Gen. Subgen. Bds., 1855, p. 22.)" (Peters, 1945, V, p. 35).   
Synon. DiscuraGouldia, Gouldomyia, Mytinia, PlaturusPopelairia, Prymnacantha, Tricholopha.

Laetitia del Gallo (b. 1850) daughter of Julie Désirée Bartholomée del Gallo Marchesa di Roccagiovine and grand-daughter of Prince Charles Bonaparte (‡Discosura).