Blue-tufted Starthroat (Heliomaster furcifer) - HBW 5, p. 665
French: Colibri d’Angèle
Spanish: Colibrí de Barbijo
Taxonomy: Trochilus Furcifer Shaw, 1812, Paraguay.
Formerly isolated as the only species in present genus, on basis of forked tail, pointed rectrices and details of bill morphology, the remaining three species being placed in genera Anthoscenus and Lepidolarynx; however, the distinguishing features vary in a continuum between present species and H. constantii and H. longirostris, with H. squamosus occupying an intermediate position, and treatment of all four as congeners now generally accepted; some authors also merge Rhodopis. Monotypic.
Distribution: C & E Bolivia (from Cochabamba and Tarija), Paraguay and C & S Brazil (Mato Grosso and Goiás to Rio Grande do Sul) S to Uruguay and N Argentina (S to Catamarca, Córdoba and N Buenos Aires). Single records from SE Colombia (Leticia) and NE Ecuador (E Napo).
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Locality Posadas, Misiones Province, Argentina (Monotypic species)
Marcelo Allende 15 September 2012 1 year ago 4.4
A female drinking
Locality Villa Carlos Paz, Córdoba Province, Argentina
jorgeschlemmer 1 year ago 4.3
female, perched on a branch, with pollen on the head
Locality San José de las Salinas, Córdoba Province, Argentina
Silvia Vitale 20 February 2011 4 years ago 4.2
This juvenile male was feeding in our garden as they usually do
Locality Eco-Portal de Piedra, Villamonte, Jujuy Province, Argentina
Carlos Cuñado Strelkov 14 May 2015 8 weeks ago 4
Eating on yellow flowers
Locality Termas de Rio Hondo, Santiago del Estero Province, Argentina
Miguel Andina 27 February 2014 2 years ago 3.8
A female perched in a tree, seen from below.
Locality Capirenda, Tarija Department, Bolivia (Monotypic species)
Joe Tobias 20 July 2006 3 years ago 3.8