Bourcieria colombiana

Colombian Inca

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The type of this species is in Mr. Elliot’s collection from Colombia, and he states that it is the bird called by all ornithologists B. cœligena, from that province.

It differs from B. cœligena, however, in having the upper parts dark olive instead of coppery red, and in the tail being bright olive instead of dark rufous olive.

The following description is given by Mr. Elliot:—

Adult. Top and sides of head and nape olive-brown, with rufous reflexions; back same as head, slightly darker. Rump, viewed from behind, brilliant metallic green. Wings purple. Shoulder olive-brown. Throat white, centre of feathers blackish brown; upper part of breast smoky white, darker towards the abdomen, which, together with the flanks, is very dark rufous-brown. Under tail-coverts reddish brown; central portion of the feathers blackish brown. Tail olive-brown. Bill black. Feet black. Total length 5\(\frac{1}{2}\) inches, wing 3, tail 2, culmen 1\(\frac{1}{16}\).

[R. B. S.]


  • Lampropygia columbiana, Elliot, Ibis, 1876, p. 57.
  • Bourcieria columbiana, Elliot, Synopsis of the Humming-Birds, p. 79 (1878).

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