The single species of the genus Damophila, stands quite alone, no second member of the form having yet been discovered. Its native country is the Andes of New Granada and Ecuador, from both of which localities specimens are now before me. Those procured by Mr. Fraser in Esmeraldas differ a little from the specimens commonly sent in collections from Bogota, in having the centre of the throat greyish brown instead of black, and the two centre tail-feathers reddish purple instead of bronzy green; however, they must not, I think, be regarded as other than local varieties. Mr. Fraser’s specimens appear not to be fully adult.
Damophila amabilis (Gould)
Habitat: New Granada and EcuadorPlate 341 Damophila amabilis Black-throated Damophila
I am not quite certain that we are acquainted with the true female of this bird, but I believe my representation of that sex to be correct; if so, the sexes are very dissimilar in colouring, and in this respect are closely allied to the Eucephalæ.
Featuring all 422 illustrated species from John Gould’s A Monograph of the Trochilidæ, or Family of Humming-Birds arranged by color.