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”).
Conservation status:Least concern
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