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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female, perched on a branch, with pollen on the head
Locality San José de las Salinas, Córdoba Province, Argentina
Silvia Vitale 20 February 2011 2 years ago 4.2
Eating on yellow flowers
Locality Termas de Rio Hondo, Santiago del Estero Province, Argentina
Miguel Andina 27 February 2014 6 days ago ADDED LAST WEEK 4
A female perched in a tree, seen from below.
Locality Capirenda, Tarija Department, Bolivia (Monotypic species)
Joe Tobias 20 July 2006 1 year ago 4
A male perched in a tree.
Locality Estancia Aguas Blancas, Santa Cruz Department, Bolivia (Monotypic species)
Joe Tobias 23 July 2006 1 year ago 3.8
Picaflor de barbijo
Locality Concepción, Tucumán Province, Argentina
Miguel Andina 31 March 2012 1 year ago 3.3
A male perched in the canopy of stunted forest
Locality Serra dos Caiabis, Alta Floresta, Mato Grosso State, Brazil (Monotypic species)
Bradley Davis 20 May 2009 4 years ago 2.5