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Neblina Metaltail Metallura odomae

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Thomas S. Schulenberg


Geographic Variation

Metallura odomae is monotypic.

Related Species

Described as Metallura odomae Graves 1980; type locality Cerro Chinguela, ca 5 km northeast of Sapalache, Piura, Peru, ca 2900 m

Metallura odomae forms a superspecies with Metallura williami (Viridian Metaltail), Metallura baroni (Violet-throated Metaltail), Metallura thereisae (Coppery Metaltail), Metallura eupogon (Fire-throated Metaltail), and Metallura aeneocauda (Scaled Metaltail) (Graves 1980, Heindl and Schuchmann 1998, Heindl 1999). Within this group, Metallura odomae is basal to the sister pair williami/baroni (McGuire et al. 2014); see also García-Moreno et al. 1999).

Phylogenetic analysis of DNA sequence data, from both mitochondrial and nuclear genes, reveals that hummingbirds (Trochilidae) constitute nine major clades, comprising the hermits, mangos, Patagona, topazes, coquettes, brilliants, mountain-gems, bees, and emeralds (McGuire et al. 2007, 2009,, 2014). Metallura is a member of the coquette clade (McGuire et al. 2009, 2014). Genera that are documented as belonging to the coquette clade are Adelomyia, Aglaiocercus, Taphrolesbia, SapphoChalcostigma, Discosura, HeliangelusLesbia, Lophornis, Opisthoprora, Oreonympha, Oreotrochilus, Polyonymus, Oxypogon, Phlogophilus, Ramphomicron, and Sephanoides (McGuire et al. 2009, 2014).

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, T. S. (2015). Neblina Metaltail (Metallura odomae), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.