Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Gorgeted Woodstar (Chaetocercus heliodor) - HBW 5, p. 677

French: Colibri héliodore German: Prachtkehlelfe Spanish: Colibrí Heliodoro

Taxonomy: Ornismya heliodor Bourcier, 1840, Bogotá.
Usually placed in genus Acestrura, along with C. mulsant, C. bombus, C. astreans and C. berlepschi, but no evidence in external morphology justifies treatment in a genus separate from C. jourdanii. Forms a superspecies with C. astreans. “Calothorax decoratus” is probably a hybrid of present species and C. mulsant. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • heliodor (Bourcier, 1840) - Andes of Venezuela (Mérida), Colombia and W Ecuador.
  • cleavesi R. T. Moore, 1934 - Andes of NE Ecuador.

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