Amazilia iodura

White-vented Amazili

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We have not seen an example of this Humming-bird, nor has Mr. Elliot, who refers it to the neighbourhood of A. mariæ and A. cyanura, but considers that the purplish-violet colour of the tail and the white under tail-coverts will serve to distinguish it.

The habitat is stated to be Colombia, and the following is a translation of the original description:—

Head, neck, breast, upper back, and wing-coverts brilliant green, the throat a little mixed with white; wings bluish green, very broadly edged with pale fulvous; tail bright purplish violet; abdomen fulvescent; vent white. Total length 3 inches 3 lines, wing 2 inches, tail 1 inch 2 lines, culmen 9 lines,

[R. B. S.]


  • Trochilus iodurus, Saucerotte, MSS. in Mus. Hein.
  • Saucerottia iodura, Reichenb. Aufz. der Colibri, p. 8 (1853).—Eudes-Deslongchamps, Ann. Mus. d’Hist. Nat. de Caen, i. p. 418 (1880).
  • Chlorestes iodurus, Reichenb. Handb. Trochil. p. 4, Taf. 698. figs. 4560–61 (1855).
  • Hemithylaca iodura, Cab. & Heine, Mus. Hein. Th. iii. p. 39 (1860).
  • Pyrrhophena iodura, Gould, Intr. Trochil. p. 159 (1861).—Mulsant, Hist. Nat. OiseauxMouches, i. p. 299 (1875).
  • Eratina iodura, Heine, Journ. ftir Orn. 1863, p. 190.
  • Polytmus iodurus, Gray, Hand-list of Birds, p. 132 (1869).
  • Amazilia iodura, Elliot, Synopsis of the Humming-Birds, p. 223 (1878).

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