Genus Lesbia Less.

Perhaps the next in affinity, although not directly allied, are the members of the genus Lesbia, which are equally confined to the Andes, and fly at the same elevation as the Spathuræ. Like those birds, they are distributed along that great chain of mountains, throughout many degrees of latitude on each side of the equator. They may be regarded as among the most elegant of the Trochilidæ. Their long and deeply cleft tails would seem to indicate that they possess very great powers of aërial progression,—a remark which equally applies to the members of the genera Cynanthus and Cometes.


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