Genus Sapphironia

Next to Hylocharis I place the two species of the genus Sapphironia; for although one of them has a glittering green breast, I consider it to be more nearly allied to that form than to the Chlorostilbones and their allies. They are very elegant in form; and I believe that the females of both species differ very considerably from the males. I consider this genus to be a very natural one; yet, strange to say, one of the species (S. cæruleigularis) has a blue breast, while the other is wholly green.

Both are natives of the Andes—one in Central America, the other in New Granada.


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