Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Festive Coquette (Lophornis chalybeus) - HBW 5, p. 568

French: Coquette chalybée German: Schmetterlingselfe Spanish: Coqueta Verde
Other common names: Butterfly Coquette (verreauxii)

Taxonomy: Trochilus chalybeus Vieillot, 1823, Brazil.
Together with its sister species, L. pavoninus, formerly placed in a separate genus, Polemistria. Disjunct distribution and morphological differences between S nominate and N races suggest they might be approaching species threshold. “L. insignibarbis”, known from a single Bogotá trade skin and sometimes awarded monospecific genus Lithiophanes, may be a hybrid of race verreauxii and L. stictolophus, although apparently characters do not fit precisely with either. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • klagesi Berlepsch & Hartert, 1902 - SE Venezuela.
  • verreauxii J. Verreaux & E. Verreaux, 1853 - E Colombia, E Ecuador and E Peru to NW Brazil and C Bolivia.
  • chalybeus (Vieillot, 1823) - SE Brazil (Espírito Santo, Minas Gerais, Santa Catarina).

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