Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Andean Hillstar (Oreotrochilus estella) - HBW 5, p. 623

French: Colibri estelle German: Estella-Andenkolibri Spanish: Colibrí Puneño
Other common names: Stripe-bellied Hillstar (estella); Bolivian Hillstar (bolivianus)

Taxonomy: Trochilus Estella d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye, 1838, La Paz and Potosí, Bolivia.
Forms a superspecies with O. chimborazo, O. stolzmanni and O. leucopleurus, and all four have been considered conspecific, but separated largely on morphological grounds; the last-mentioned overlaps slightly with present species, and some hybridization reported, but despite this it is the form least frequently lumped into present species; O. stolzmanni frequently considered a race of present species. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • estella (d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1838) - Andes of SW Peru, W Bolivia, N Chile and NW Argentina.
  • bolivianus Boucard, 1893 - Andes of C Bolivia (Cochabamba).

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