Boucieria assimilis

Elliot’s Inca

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In his paper on the genus Lampropygia (Ibis, l. c.) Mr. Elliot alluded to a specimen in his collection, allied to L. prunelli, but differing in certain particulars, and apparently previously unnoticed.

Failing to obtain further specimens, he described the species as new in 1878, under the name of Bourcieria assimilis. He states that it came into his possession as from Ecuador, and that it is distinguished from B. prunelli by the colour of the throat, which is dark metallic purple.

The following is Mr. Elliot’s detailed description:—

Top of head blackish brown; nape black with a bluish gloss; back black, but viewed from behind iridescent, being metallic red, graduating into golden on the ramp; chin brownish black; throat metallic purple; on either side of the chest a large patch of white; upper tail-coverts dark purple; tail purplish black; bill black. Total length 4\(\frac{3}{4}\) inches, wing 2\(\frac{7}{8}\), tail 2, culmen 1\(\frac{1}{16}\).

[R. B. S.]


  • Lampropygia, sp., Elliot, Ibis, 1876, p. 58.
  • Bourcieria assimilis, Elliot, Synopsis of the Humming-Birds, p. 79 (1878).

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