Genus Heliotrypha Gould

Generic characters.

Male.Bill straight and of the same length as the head; wings rather long; tail long and forked; tarsi partially clothed; feet small; hind toe rather shorter than the middle one; forehead and throat luminous.

Female.—Destitute of luminous colouring on the throat.

The members of this genus, two in number, differ from those of Heliangelus in the absence of any band of white on the chest and in having a lengthened and deeply-forked tail.


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