Red-tailed Comet


The Red-tailed Comet (Sappho sparganura) is a medium-sized hummingbird found in the Andes of South America.

The male has a spectacular, irridescent, golden-reddish tail.

In at least part of it’s range it is known in the local Quechua language as “Q’ori Kenti” (“golden hummingbird”).


Red-tailed Comet
Conservation status:Least concern
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Trochiliformes
Family: Trochilidae
Genus: Sappho
Reichenbach, 1849
Species: S. sparganura
Binomial name 
Sappho sparganura
(Shaw, 1812)


bullet BirdLife International (2004). Sappho sparganura. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. Retrieved on 11 May 2006. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern

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