Fork-tailed Woodnymph (Thalurania furcata)
Fork-tailed Woodnymph
Dryade à queue fourchue. Famille des Trochilidés. Ordre : Apodiformes

Fork-tailed Woodnymph (Thalurania furcata)

GEOGRAPHIC VARIATION AND SPECIES LIMITS IN MIDDLE AMERICAN WOODNYMPHS (THALURANIA)

Author(s): PATRICIA ESCALANTE-PLIEGO AND A. TOWNSEND PETERSON

Fork-tailed Woodnymph

We analyzed geographic variation in morphology and plumage coloration in male woodnymphs of the genus Thalurunia in Middle America and northwestern South America. Morphometric characters distinguish the disjunct western Mexican populations from populations to the south. Three groups are distinguished by discrete plumage coloration characters. We propose that these groups be recognized as separate species: T. ridgwuyi of western Mexico; T. colombica of Central America south to western Panama and disjunctly in interior Northwestern South America; and T.fannyi ofeastem Panama, western Colombia, and northern Ecuador.

Source: Wilson Bull., 104(2), 1992, pp. 205-219

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