P. L. Sclater and Salvin, 1876,
Tilotilo, Yungas of La Paz, Bolivia.
Could be placed in Chalcothraupis (see Genus text). Usually considered conspecific with T. ruficervix, but differs in its powder-blue vs pale turquoise-green lower throat, breast and flanks (3); broad powder-blue vs narrow pale violet or turquoise mid-crown, mantle and general shade of upperparts (2); hindcrown dull rusty-gold unbordered by black vs dull orange-yellow with black line above and below (3); no whitish flecks on ear-coverts (ns); probably a smaller bill (not measured). Race amabilis may intergrade with inca in C Peru. Three subspecies recognized.