Sooty Barbthroat Threnetes niger

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
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The Sooty Barbthroat is distributed throughout the Amazonian and Guianan lowlands where it is fairly common. In its range, it is a distinctive, being the only hermit with a black throat which makes its white malar stripe even more obvious. It is most commonly seen actively foraging in low bushes though most often trap-lines. It has a confused taxonomic history primarily due to the original form being highly localized, melanistic and with considerable though poorly delimited geographic variation.

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Recommended Citation

Sooty Barbthroat (Threnetes niger), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: