Erythronota niveiventris

White-breasted Erythronote

Panama and Veragua

This species is very nearly allied to the Erythronota Edwardi; it is, however, a somewhat stouter bird, and is otherwise distinguishable by the lesser brilliance of the back and upper surface, and by the blackness of its tail.

Its native country is Veragua, whence I have received several examples direct; I have also a specimen procured by Dr. Berthold Seemann in Panama, and another collected by M. Warszewicz near David, at an elevation of between 5000 and 10,000 feet above the sea-level.

The whiteness of the abdomen of this species and its near ally is a character which at once separates them from the type of the genus, the Common Erythronote of Trinidad and Guiana.

The Erythronota niveiventris is at present very rare, as I know of no other examples in Europe but those contained in my own collection.

As far as I can judge, there is but little difference in the colouring of the sexes; the specimen procured by Dr. Seemann has, however, more white on the abdomen, less green on the throat, and the outer tailfeathers slightly tipped with a lighter colour, which distinctions may perhaps be characteristic of the female.

Head and upper surface green, passing into coppery red on the wing-coverts, lower part of the back and upper tail-coverts; wings dark purplish brown; tail purplish black; throat, breast and flanks luminous grass-green; abdomen white; under tail-coverts brown, fringed with white; upper mandible black; lower mandible flesh-colour.

The figures on the Plate are of the size of life. The plant is the Passiflora Medusæa.


  • Trochilus (–––?) niveoventer, Gould in Proc. of Zool. Soc., part xviii. p. 164.
  • Thaumantias niveiventer, Bonap. Rey. et Mag. de Zool. 1854, p. 255.
  • Saucerottia niveiventer, Reichenb. Aufz. der Colibris, p. 8.

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