The Mexican genus Circe comprehends, as far as our present knowledge extends, only two species. Although their tails are somewhat short, they are composed of broad and ample feathers, all of which are tipped with grey: in this respect they remind us of the Chlorolampis Caniveti and its allies.
Male.— Bill rather longer than the head, slightly curved and tapering towards the tip; wings rather long; primaries rigid; tail rather short and slightly forked, the feathers broad; tarsi clothed; feet small; hind toe short; throat slightly luminous.
Female.—Very dull in colour.
The six middle tail-feathers of both species are edged with brown, as in Caniveti.
Habitat: The table-lands of MexicoPlate 338 Circe latirostris Circe
My late friend Dr. Saucerotte gave me the type specimen of his Trochilus Schimperi with the name attached, by which means I am able to state that it is identical with the present bird, and not with the Trochilus lazulus of Vieillot as supposed by Dr. Reichenbach (see his Aufz. der Col. p. 21).
Habitat: Mexico; locality Chimantla, according to Dr. Saucerotte.Plate 339 Circe Doubledayi Doubleday’s Humming-Bird
Featuring all 422 illustrated species from John Gould’s A Monograph of the Trochilidæ, or Family of Humming-Birds arranged by color.