Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Giant Hummingbird (Patagona gigas) - HBW 5, p. 632

French: Colibri géant German: Riesenkolibri Spanish: Colibrí Gigante

Taxonomy: Trochilus gigas Vieillot, 1824, Brazil; error = Valparaíso, Chile.
Genus is apparently closely related to Coeligena, and the two should perhaps be united. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • peruviana Boucard, 1893 - Andes of SW Colombia (Nariño) through Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia to extreme N Chile (Tarapacá) and NW Argentina (S to N Catamarca and Tucumán).
  • gigas (Vieillot, 1824) - C & S Chile (Atacama to Concepción and Valdivia, occasionally S to Aisén) and CW Argentina (S to Mendoza); S populations winter N to NW Argentina (Catamarca, Tucumán).