Giant Hummingbird Patagona gigas

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
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Geographic Variation

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Related Species

The two subspecies of Patagona gigas are the only taxa in this genus. The genus Patagona has no close relatives, and stands on it's own as a distant sister taxon to a clade containing the Emeralds (tribe: Trochilinae), the Bees (tribe: Mellisuginae), and the Mountain-Gems (tribe: Lampornithinae) (McGuire et al. 2007). A separate tribe name, Patagoninae, has been proposed for this unique hummingbird lineage (McGuire et al. 2009). 

Recommended Citation

Giant Hummingbird (Patagona gigas), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: