Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Purple-bibbed Whitetip (Urosticte benjamini) - HBW 5, p. 643

French: Colibri de Benjamin German: Purpurbrustkolibri Spanish: Colibrí Puntablanca Occidental
Other common names: (Green-vented) Whitetip

Taxonomy: Trochilus Benjamini Bourcier, 1851, Gualea, Ecuador.
On the basis of behaviour, genus belongs to a clade including Eriocnemis, Haplophaedia and Ocreatus. Genus sometimes merged into Adelomyia. Sometimes considered conspecific with U.ruficrissa, based on intermediate characters of birds from NE Peru; this population has often been awarded race intermedia, but differences probably constitute a cline within present species; Peruvian population sometimes transferred to U. ruficrissa; more study required. Proposed race “rostrata” (W Colombia) is probably based on an aberrant individual. Mon.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Trochilus Benjamini Bourcier, 1851, Gualea, Ecuador.
On the basis of behaviour, genus belongs to a clade including Eriocnemis, Haplophaedia and Ocreatus. Genus sometimes merged into Adelomyia. Sometimes considered conspecific with U.ruficrissa, based on intermediate characters of birds from NE Peru; this population has often been awarded race intermedia, but differences probably constitute a cline within present species; Peruvian population sometimes transferred to U. ruficrissa; more study required. Proposed race “rostrata” (W Colombia) is probably based on an aberrant individual. Monotypic.

Distribution: Pacific slope of W Colombia (headwaters of R San Juan) S to SW Ecuador (El Oro) and NE Peru.