Eucephala pyropygia

Fire-rumped Sapphire

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This is the latest-described of all the species of Sapphires, and seems to be a very distinct one.

It is allied to E. hypocyanea, but is distinguished by its glittering head; and its habitat is supposed to be Ecuador; but this is not yet satisfactorily ascertained. Messrs. Salvin and Godman write further:—

Its position in this genus seems to be certainly next to E. hypocyanea, near to which E. subcærulea, Elliot, must also stand; but from both these species it differs in having a shining green crown, slightly washed with blue.

The following is a translation of the original description given by Messrs. Salvin and Godman:—

Green, with the top of the head and the under surface of the body shining bluish green, the whole of the middle of the throat washed with brighter blue; lower back russet, with the upper tail-coverts coppery reddish; wings dusky; tail only slightly rounded, steel-black. Total length 3·4 inches, wing 1·9, centre tail-feathers 1·1, outer ones 1·0, bill from gape 0·9.


  • Eucephala pyropygia, Salvin & Godman, Ibis, 1881, p. 596.

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