Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Golden-bellied Starfrontlet (Coeligena bonapartei) - HBW 5, p. 629

French: Inca de Bonaparte German: Goldbauch-Andenkolibri Spanish: Inca Ventridorado
Other common names: Dusky Starfrontlet (orina)

Taxonomy: Ornismia bonarpartei [sic] Boissonneau, 1840, Bogotá, Colombia.
Probably forms superspecies with C. eos, C. helianthea, C. lutetiae and C. violifer; traditionally considered to include C. eos as race, but probably best considered separate species on the basis of plumage characters. Taxon orina, known from single specimen (probably an immature male), is often considered a separate species; however, it may be best considered a race of present species, or it may even represent some melanistic plumage. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • consita Wetmore & Phelps, Jr., 1952 - Sierra de Perijá, along Colombia-Venezuela border.
  • bonapartei (Boissonneau, 1840) - E Andes of Colombia (Boyacá S to Bogotá).
  • orina Wetmore, 1953 - Páramo de Frontino in Antioquia (NC Colombia).