Marvellous Spatuletail

Loddigesia mirabilis

 

“Ruffled” is a recent interactive artwork in which “living” portraits of birds are reinvented by using technology. Each “Ruffled” has been designed with its own particular mannerisms and beauty. Some birds are very expressive, while others tend to have a mora subtle behaviour.

 

This bird is a type of Hummingbird and has only four feathers in its tail making it unique among birds. The males are even more outstanding with their double outer tail feathers leading to two irredescent violet-blue “spatules” which can move independently.