Discosura letitiae Bourcier & Mulsant, 1852

Coppery thorntail



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Popelairia letitiae (Bourcier & Mulsant, 1852); Gouldia letitiae (Bourcier & Mulsant, 1852)


Conservation Status


Last record: 1852 or before

IUCN RedList status: Data Deficient



Bolivia (more likely) or Brazil (less likely)


Biology & Ecology




2 preserved specimens exist.






Original scientific description:

Bourcier, J. and Mulsant, E. (1852). Description de quelques nouvelles espèces d'oiseaux-mouches. Annales des Sciences Physiques et Naturelles de Lyon 4: 139-144.


Other references:

BirdLife International. (2012). Discosura letitiae. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. ( Downloaded on 24 August 2013.

Collar, N. J., Gonzaga, L. P., Krabbe, N., Madroño Nieto, A., Naranjo, L. G., Parker, T. A. & Wege, D. C. 1992. Threatened birds of the Americas: the ICBP/IUCN Red Data Book (Third edition, part 2). International Council for Bird Preservation, Cambridge, U.K.

Graves, G. R. (1999). Taxonomic notes on hummingbirds (Aves: Trochilidae) 2. Popelairia letitiae (Bourcier & Mulsant, 1852) is a valid species. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 112: 804-812.

Mittermeier, John C. et al. (2022). Fantastic lost birds and how you can help find them: an updated gap analysis for the Neotropical avifauna. Neotropical Birding 31: 25-32.

Tobias, Joseph A., Butchart, Stuart H. M. and Collar, Nigel J. (2006). Lost and found: a gap analysis for the Neotropical avifauna. Neotropical Birding [2006]: 4-22.


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