Heliotrypha barrali

Olive-throated Humming-bird

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The specimen which we described as Heliangelus squamigularis struck us at the time as being very peculiar, and we mentioned that it appeared to be allied to Heliotrypha parzudaki and Heliangelus clarissæ.

Mr. D. G. Elliot, in his ‘Synopsis,’ places it at the end of the genus Heliotrypha and just before the genus Heliangelus, showing that our position for the species was not badly chosen, though Mr. Elliot places it in the genus Heliotrypha, and in this he is no doubt right.

The four species of Heliotrypha differ from each other in the colour of the throat, and this in the present bird is most peculiar, being well described by Mr. Elliot as of a “pale metallic olive-green” colour. Its habitat is the province of Antioquia, in the United States of Colombia.

The following is Mr. Elliot’s description of the type, which is in bis collection:

Adult male. Top of head very dark green, almost black in certain lights. Throat pale metallic olivegreen, silvery in some lights, margined with a line of black. Rest of plumage of body shining grass-green, most brilliant on the breast. Wings purplish brown. Median rectrices bronzy green; lateral ones blue-black. Under tail-coverts green in the centre, the remaining parts greyish white. Bill black. Total length 4\(\frac{3}{8}\) inches, wing 2\(\frac{1}{2}\), tail 1\(\frac{3}{4}\), culmen \(\frac{5}{8}\).

The Plate represents a male bird in two positions, and is drawn from the specimen in the Gould collection.

[R. B. S.]


  • Heliotrypha barrali, Mulsant et Verreaux, Ann. Soc. Linn. Lyon, xvii. p. 108 (1868).— Elliot, Synopsis of the Humming-Birds, p. 88 (1878).
  • Heliangelus squamigularis, Gould, Proc. Zool. Soc. 1871, p. 503.
  • Nodalia barrali, Mulsant, Hist. Nat. Oiseaux-Mouches, i. p. 100 (1877).

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