Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Scaled Metaltail (Metallura aeneocauda) - HBW 5, p. 651

French: Métallure à queue d'airain German: Schuppenbauch-Glanzschwänzchen Spanish: Metalura Escamosa
Other common names: Andean Metaltail; Brassy Metaltail (aeneocauda); Reddish Metaltail (malagae)

Taxonomy: Trochilus (——?) æneocauda Gould, 1846, Bolivia.
Forms superspecies with M. eupogon, M. theresiae, M. odomae, M. baroni and M. williami. Race malagae formerly considered to be distinct species, but in context of typical infraspecific variation within present genus morphological differences justify only subspecific separation. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • aeneocauda (Gould, 1846) - E Andean slopes from SE Peru (Cordillera Vilcabamba) to NW Bolivia (Yungas of La Paz).
  • malagae Berlepsch, 1897 - Incachaca in Yungas of Cochabamba (C Bolivia).

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