Adelomyia cervina

Buff-breasted Humming-bird

This species of Adelomyia is easily recognized by the colour of the under surface of its body, which is buff with the flanks rufous; a further character is the brown-spotted throat.

It was discovered near Medellin, in the province of Antioquia in the United States of Colombia, by the late Mr. T. K. Salmon, and the following is a copy of the original description:—

Crown and all the upper surface bronzy green; over and behind the eye and curving down the sides of the neck a conspicuous mark of buffy white; ear-coverts blackish brown; throat, sides of the neck, and centre of the abdomen delicate fawn-colour, with very minute speckles of brown on the former; flanks bronzy russet, with reflections of golden yellow-brown; under tail-coverts hoary buff; wings purplish brown; tail very dark olive, glossed with green; all the feathers tipped with buff, but less so on the two centre ones; bill black on the upper mandible, the lower one lighter and inclined to flesh-colour at the base.

Total length 4 inches, bill \(\frac{5}{8}\), wing 2\(\frac{3}{8}\), tail 1\(\frac{3}{4}\).

The Plate represents an adult male in two positions, the figures being drawn from a specimen obtained by Mr. T. Kx. Salmon in Antioguia, and lent to us by Messrs. Salvin and Godman.

[R. B. S.]


  • Adelomyia cervina, Gould, Ann. & Mag. Nat. Hist. (4) x. p. 453 (1872).—Scl. & Salv. Nomencl. Av. Neotr. p. 87 (1873).—Mulsant, Hist. Nat. Oiseaux-Mouches, ii. p. 130 (1877).—Elliot, Synopsis of the Humming-Birds, p. 181 (1878) .

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