Porculla Pass, 5200 feet [c. 1585 m], Lambayeque, Peru.
One of the small hermits sometimes separated in genus Pygmornis. Usually treated as race of P. griseogularis, but differs in having much paler underparts with white vs buffy-tan margins of inner rectrices (3); greatly reduced and darker (narrow dull chestnut vs broad bright chestnut) uppertail-coverts (2); larger size (effect size for bill length = 3.8 on samples of 4 and 5 vs zonura, which is larger than nominate griseogularis) (2). Otherwise closest to P. striigularis. Other close relatives include P. atrimentalis, P. ruber and P. stuarti. Monotypic.
W Andean mountains in SW Ecuador (Loja) and NW Peru (Tumbes, Piura and Lambayeque).
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