Violet-chested Hummingbird / Sternoclyta cyanopectus

Violet-chested Hummingbird / Sternoclyta cyanopectus

Violet-chested Hummingbird

SCI Name:  Sternoclyta cyanopectus
Protonym:  Trochilus (Lampornis) cyanopectus Proc.Zool.Soc.London Pt14 no.164 p.88
Taxonomy:  Caprimulgiformes / Trochilidae /
Taxonomy Code:  vichum2
Type Locality:  Venezuela; type from Neiguata Plantation, near Camburi Grande, La Guaira.
Publish Year:  1846
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(Trochilidae; Ϯ Violet-chested Hummingbird S. cyanopectus) Gr. στερνον sternon  breast; κλυτος klutos  glorious, splendid  < κλεω kleō  to make famous; "STERNOCLYTA CYANEIPECTUSBlue-breast.  ...  The Sternoclyta cyaneipectus is rendered remarkably conspicuous both by its bold style of colouring and by the large size of its bill, and differs so much in form from all the other members of the family, that I have been induced to make it the type of a new genus, for to none of those previously proposed could it be assigned.  ...  Throat luminous metallic green; centre of the breast brilliant metallic blue, separated from the green by a line of black" (Gould 1858).

L. cyanos  lapis lazuli  < Gr. κυανος kuanos  dark-blue; pectus, pectoris  breast.