San Agustín, Magdalena Valley, Colombia.
Closely related to T. ridgwayi and T. furcata; species limits unclear, and all three have been considered conspecific in various combinations. Subspecies name fannyae previously spelt as fannyi, but latter now shown to be incorrect#R. Following earlier study#R, subspecies townsendi, venusta, colombica and rostrifera sometimes (as in HBW) treated as forming a separate species, but these differ only in crown colour from, and show evidence of hybridization over wide area with, green-crowned forms fannyae, subtropicalis, verticeps and hypochlora (treated together as “T. fannyi” in HBW)#R#R; treatment of races as two separate species now seems unsafe#R. Recently described species T. nigricapilla#R (included in HBW SV), differentiated only by lack of iridescent crown, currently thought possibly to be based on juvenile subtropicalis#R. Distinctive race hypochlora may be a separate species, a treatment recently adopted by some authors#R, but problem of provenance of certain specimens labelled from Gualea (e.g. in NHMUK) requires full study and proper resolution. Race rostrifera may not be distinguishable from nominate and subtropicalis may not be separable from verticeps. Eight subspecies tentatively recognized.
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Status and conservation
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