Birds of Colombia

    APODIFORMES: Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)  
Genus: Urochroa (2 species, 2 worldwide)

Rufous-gaped Hillstar
Rufous-gaped Hillstar (Urochroa bougueri)
ProAves Tangaras Reserve, El Carmen de Atrato, Choco, Colombia  
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

The White-tailed Hillstar, a large hummingbird on the western Andean slope (Chocó) is now called the Rufous-gaped Hillstar because of the rufous gape.

Green-backed Hillstar
Green-backed Hillstar (Urochroa leucura) Male
Wildsumaco Lodge, Sumaco, Ecuador  
Photograph by Tropical Birding (Nick Athanas)   © All Rights Reserved.

The White-tailed Hillstar in the eastern foothills is now called the Green-backed Hillstar so as not to confuse it with the old White-tailed Hillstar of the Pacific slope, now called the Rufous-gaped Hillstar.

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