Genus Eustephanus Reichenb.

So different are the three birds found on the island of Juan Fernandez, that it would not involve a great stretch of impropriety to assign to each of them a separate generic appellation; I shall, however, retain them all under the name of Eustephanus. On an examination of the plates of the three species, it will be seen how remarkably they differ in size, colour, and markings. I consider it a very singular fact connected with the family of Humming-Birds, that three species should be found on an island so distant from the mainland, and that two of them should be confined to this isolated spot, surrounded as it is by the wide waters of the Pacific Ocean.


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