Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Venezuelan Sylph (Aglaiocercus berlepschi) - HBW 5, p. 659

French: Sylphe du Venezuela German: Berlepschsylphe Spanish: Silfo de Berlepsch

Taxonomy: Cyanolesbia berlepschi Hartert, 1898, Cumaná, Venezuela.
Genus name formerly given as Cyanolesbia, but this is not applicable. Forms a superspecies with A. kingi and A. coelestis; these three species may be parapatric in some parts of their ranges but hybridization does not appear to be common. Present species has been treated as a race of A. kingi by several authors, but based on morphological distinctions and isolation of the population it is best considered a separate species; female strikingly different. Has alternatively been considered a race of A. coelestis, although this would appear difficult to justify. .. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Cyanolesbia berlepschi Hartert, 1898, Cumaná, Venezuela.
Genus name formerly given as Cyanolesbia, but this is not applicable. Forms a superspecies with A. kingi and A. coelestis; these three species may be parapatric in some parts of their ranges but hybridization does not appear to be common. Present species has been treated as a race of A. kingi by several authors, but based on morphological distinctions and isolation of the population it is best considered a separate species; female strikingly different. Has alternatively been considered a race of A. coelestis, although this would appear difficult to justify. Monotypic.

Distribution: NE Venezuela: E coastal Cordillera de la Costa in Sucre, and Cerro Negro in Monagas.