Spot-throated Hummingbird Leucippus taczanowskii
(aka Thaumasius taczanowskii)
Tumbes Hummingbird, Caparri, Lambayeque, Peru, October 2018 - click for larger image Peru
October 2018

The Spot-throated Hummingbird is endemic to Peru where it is found in the north. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. It is found in arid scrub and dry forest mainly between 350 and 1,000 metres but generally higher than its congener Tumbes Hummingbird L. baeri.

Tumbes Hummingbird, Balsas, Amazonas, Peru, October 2018 - click for larger image Photo 1 was taken at the Chaparri Lodge and was identified initially as Tumbes Hummingbird which is common there, however, this photo shows quite distinctly the spotted throat and also the lack of a dark band on the tail. It is noted as Rare for Chaparri and is normally further east and higher.

Wladislaw Taczanowski was Curator at the Royal University of Warsaw and wrote the first bird handbook for South America - the 4 volume Ornithologie du Perou.

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