Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Andean Emerald (Agyrtria franciae) - HBW 5, p. 598

French: Ariane de Francia German: Andenamazilie Spanish: Amazilia Andina

Taxonomy: Trochilus Franciæ Bourcier and Mulsant, 1846, Bogotá, Colombia.
Genus usually merged into Amazilia. Due to different crown colour, race viridiceps sometimes regarded as a separate species or treated as race of A. versicolor. “A. veneta” may be melanistic female of present species. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • franciae (Bourcier & Mulsant, 1846) - NW & C Colombia.
  • viridiceps (Gould, 1860) - SW Colombia and W Ecuador.
  • cyanocollis (Gould, 1854) - Andes of N Peru.