Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Booted Racket-tail (Ocreatus underwoodii) - HBW 5, p. 644

French: Haut-de-chausses à palettes German: Grünscheitel-Flaggensylphe Spanish: Colibrí de Raquetas
Other common names: Racquet-tail, Racquet-tailed Hummingbird

Taxonomy: Ornismya underwoodii Lesson, 1832, Brazil; error = Santa Fé de Bogotá, Colombia.
Based on display patterns, genus is closely related to Urosticte, Eriocnemis and Haplophaedia. Rufous-booted races addae, annae and peruanus sometimes considered to constitute one to three separate species. Proposed race ambiguus is synonymous with incommodus. Eight subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • polystictus Todd, 1942 - coastal mountains of N Venezuela (Carabobo to Miranda).
  • discifer (Heine, 1863) - NW Venezuela (Zulia and Falcón to Táchira and W Barinas) and NE Colombia (Norte de Santander).
  • underwoodii (Lesson, 1832) - E Andes of Colombia.

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  • polystictus Todd, 1942 - coastal mountains of N Venezuela (Carabobo to Miranda).
  • discifer (Heine, 1863) - NW Venezuela (Zulia and Falcón to Táchira and W Barinas) and NE Colombia (Norte de Santander).
  • underwoodii (Lesson, 1832) - E Andes of Colombia.
  • incommodus (Kleinschmidt, 1943) - W & C Andes of Colombia.
  • melanantherus (Jardine, 1851) - both slopes of Andes of Ecuador.
  • peruanus (Gould, 1849) - E Ecuador and NE Peru.
  • annae (Berlepsch & Stolzmann, 1894) - C & S Peru.
  • addae (Bourcier, 1846) - Bolivia (Yungas of La Paz to Santa Cruz and Chuquisaca).