Booted Racket-tail, Ocreatus underwoodii


Booted Racket-tail
The spectacular male Booted Racket-tail is notable first for that tail, with its two extremely long central feathers, both with greatly extended bare shafts and blue racket-shaped feathery tips; and second for the "boots," a muff of white feathers surrounding its feet, similar to those of the related Pufflegs.


Booted Racket-tail
The pink feet can be seen, above and below, surrounded by the white boots. The picture
below shows the male's ability to curl the long tail feathers.


Booted Racket-tail



Booted Racket-tail
The female has both the white boots and the forked tail, both greatly reduced in size from those of the male; she is white underneath where the male is green.