I now proceed to the genus Sporapinus, the members of which are confined to the West India Islands. They are very elegant in form, and are of somewhat large size, when compared with those which precede and follow them. They have deeply-forked tails, and the under surfaces of the males are brilliantly coloured; the females, on the other hand, are very sombrely attired.
Habitat: The Island of St. DomingoPlate 347 Sporadinus elegans St. Domingo Humming-Bird
Habitat: The Island of CubaPlate 348 Sporadinus Riccordi Riccord’s Humming-Bird
Habitat: Porto RicoPlate 349 Sporadinus? Maugæi Maugé’s Humming-Bird
This bird differs somewhat in form from the two preceding species, and it may be found necessary to institute a separate genus for its reception. It is a very rare bird, and the two specimens, male and female, in the collection at the Jardin des Plantes at Paris are the only ones I have ever seen.
Featuring all 422 illustrated species from John Gould’s A Monograph of the Trochilidæ, or Family of Humming-Birds arranged by color.