Racket-Tailed Hummingbird

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Spathura underwoodi. The Spathura is a “remarkable genus of Trochilidae, containing hummingbirds with the lateral tail-feathers, long-exerted, narrowed, and then dilated into a spatule or racket at the end, and with conspicuous leg muffs.” —Whitney, 1889


Birds: H-I


William Dwight Whitney, PhD, LLD The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language (New York, NY: The Century Co., 1895) 5801


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