Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Amethyst-throated Sunangel (Heliangelus amethysticollis) - HBW 5, p. 636

French: Héliange à gorge améthyste German: Amethystsonnennymphe Spanish: Colibrí Gorgiamatista

Taxonomy: Ornismya amethysticollis d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye, 1838, Yuracares, Cochabamba, Bolivia.
Forms a superspecies with H. clarisse, with which formerly considered conspecific; however, subtle morphological differences and markedly disjunct range support their treatment as separate species; H. strophianus may also belong in this superspecies. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • laticlavius Salvin, 1891 - S Ecuador and N Peru.
  • decolor Zimmer, 1951 - E Andes in C Peru (S of R Marañón).
  • amethysticollis (d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1838) - E Andes in S Peru and NW Bolivia.