Trochilus (——?) violifer
Sandillani Road, Yungas, Bolivia.
Probably close to C. lutetiae, C. bonapartei, C. eos and C. helianthea. Hitherto lumped with C. dichroura, C. albicaudata and C. osculans (which see for diagnoses); distinctiveness of violifer upheld by its lack of glittering frons (2); violet throat patch relatively large inside greatly reduced green breast patch, scarcely glittering, bounded by thin but distinct white line (3); strong rufous belly and almost entirely rufous tail vs either (a) green-white or green-buff belly and pale rufous or white tail with broad tips (dichroura, albicaudata) or (b) pale rufous belly, pale rufous outer tail with darker rufous central feathers and broad dark tips (osculans) (3). Monotypic.
E Andes slope in CW Bolivia (La Paz to W Santa Cruz).
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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