Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Scale-throated Hermit (Phaethornis eurynome) - HBW 5, p. 544

French: Ermite eurynome German: Schuppenkehl-Schattenkolibri Spanish: Ermitaño Escamoso
Other common names: Black-billed Hermit (“nigrirostris”)

Taxonomy: Trochilus eurynome Lesson, 1832, Brazil.
Similar to P. anthophilus, both species apparently lacking close relatives. Includes “P. nigrirostris”, based on a unique specimen of nominate race with uniformly black bill. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • paraguayensis M. Bertoni & W. Bertoni, 1901 - E Paraguay and NE Argentina (Misiones).
  • eurynome (Lesson, 1832) - SE Brazil (Bahia to Rio Grande do Sul).