The form which appears to me to range next in point of affinity is that of Clytolæma. The two members of this genus, unlike their predecessors, which are from the Andes, are natives of the low countries,—one, the C. rubinea, being found in Brazil, and, so far as we yet know, confined to the most eastern parts of that country; the other, the beautiful C. aurescens, is an inhabitant of the forests of the upper part of the Rivers Madeira and Negro.
Male.— Bill straight and rather longer than the head; wings moderately long and pointed; tail rather short, and very slightly forked; tarsi partially clothed; feet strong; hind toe and nail shorter than the fore toes and nails; crown and gorget luminous.
Female.—Destitute of any fine colour.
Habitat: The eastern portions of Brazil; common at Rio de JaneiroPlate 249 Clytolæma rubinea Brazilian Ruby
Clytolæma? aurescens (Gould)
Habitat: The forests bordering the Rivers Madeira, Upper Amazon, and NegroPlate 250 Clytolæma? aurescens Banded Ruby
By some Trochilidists it may be thought that this species should form the type of a distinct genus; but after a careful comparison I believe that I have placed it in its right situation; at the same time I admit that there is some little doubt on the subject.
Featuring all 422 illustrated species from John Gould’s A Monograph of the Trochilidæ, or Family of Humming-Birds arranged by color.