Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Black Metaltail (Metallura phoebe) - HBW 5, p. 653

French: Métallure phébé German: Schwarzbauch-Glanzschwänzchen Spanish: Metalura Negra

Taxonomy: Ornismya phoebe Lesson and DeLattre, 1839, Andes of Peru.
Differences in body size and plumage colours have been detected between populations in N Peru and C Peru, but specimens from linking areas require study before division into two races can be considered. Monotypic.

Distribution: Andes of Peru: Pacific slope; in N Peru, E of R Marañón, with single record from W (Jalca de Soquian); and also in C Peru (Huánuco, Junín). Possibly extends into extreme N Chile; two old specimens supposedly from Bolivia.

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