Genus Phaëthornis

I now enter upon the genus Phaëthornis, the members of which are so widely dispersed, that the remark I made on the extended distribution of the entire group is almost applicable to this section of it. In the body of this work I have figured nearly thirty species under this generic appellation, including therein the smaller kinds to which Bonaparte gave the name of Pygmornis, a term I shall now adopt for these little birds: but a further subdivision of the group I cannot for a moment entertain; the separation of the P. Bourcieri into a distinct genus, for which the term Ametrornis has been proposed by Dr. Reichenbach, and of the P. Guyi under that of Toxoteuches by Dr. Cabanis, being, in my opinion, quite unnecessary.

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Featuring all 422 illustrated species from John Gould’s A Monograph of the Trochilidæ, or Family of Humming-Birds arranged by color.