Gray-tailed Mountain-gem ( Lampornis castaneoventris cinereicauda )

Lampornis castaneoventris cinereicauda
Taxonomic Hierarchy
Kingdom Animalia – Animal, animals
Phylum Chordata – chordates
Subphylum Vertebrata – vertebrates
Class Aves – Birds
Order Apodiformes – Swifts, Hummingbirds
Family Trochilidae – Hummingbirds
Subfamily Trochilinae
Genus Lampornis Swainson, 1827 – Blue-throated Hummingbirds
Species Lampornis castaneoventris (Gould, 1851)
Subspecies Lampornis castaneoventris cinereicauda (Lawrence, 1867)
Lampornis castaneoventris cinereicauda

An extract from Monograph of the Trochilidae, by J. Gould ©1887


Grey-tailed Hummingbird.

Oreopyra cinereicauda, Lawrence, Ann. Lyc. New York, viii. p. 485 (1867), ix. p. 125 (1868).— Sclater & Salv. Nomencl. Av. Neotr, p. 80 (1873).—Elliot, Synopsis of the Humming-Birds, p. 34 (1878).—Eudes-Deslongchamps, Ann. Mus. d’Hist. Nat. Caen, i. p. 243 (1880).
Oreopyra castaneiventris, Lawrence, Ann. Lye. New York, ix. p. 124 (1868, part.).

Mr. Elliot states that this species is closely allied to 0. leucaspis, but is distinguished by its ashy white tail; the under tail-coverts are also paler and the bill is longer (culmen 7/8 inch).
The female resembles that of 0. leucaspis, but has the bill longer than in that species.
It appears to be confined to Costa Rica.
The figures in the Plate represent two males and a female of the size of life.

[R. B. S.]

Lampornis castaneoventris cinereicauda

Gray-tailed Mountain-gem, Lampornis castaneoventris cinereicauda

References and Further Reading

  • Lampornis castaneoventris cinereicauda, (Lawrence, 1867), Taxonomic Serial No.: 693726
  • Handbook of Avian Hybrids of the World By Department of Genetics University of Georgia Eugene M. McCarthy Post Doctoral Researcher, Athens
  • Gray-tailed Mountain-gem (Lampornis cinereicauda) (Lawrence, 1867)
  • Grey-tailed Mountain-gem (female) / Variable Mountain Gem
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