The Marvelous Spatuletail Hummingbird is an incredibly rare and endangered species of hummingbird, found only in remote areas of the Maranon region in northern Peru. This unique bird was first discovered in 1835 by a bird collector named Andrew Matthews. Like many hummingbirds, this species’ name is descriptive. The Spatuletail was named after the birds’ marvelous fan-like, racquet-shaped tail feathers.
Due to its endangered status, conservation efforts are currently underway between American and Peruvian conservancy groups to protect the Marvelous Spatuletail.