One of the small hermits sometimes separated in genus Pygmornis. Usually considered to include P. idaliae, P. atrimentalis and P. striigularis; morphological characters, however, indicate that they should be treated as separate species, the last two not even very close to present species. Proposed race imatacae is based on hybrid of present species with P. rupurumii. Disjunct population of Serranía de los Pijiguaos (NW Bolívar, C Venezuela) may merit investigation#R. Monotypic.
Trinidad and NE Venezuela E to French Guiana; isolated population in C Venezuela (NW Bolívar).
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