Bourcier was an expert on hummingbirds, and named a number of new species, either alone or with other ornithologists; such as Adolphe Delattre and Martial Etienne Mulsant. The following hummingbird species bear his name:
- Colibri de Bourcier (Polyonymus caroli), described by Bourcier in 1847.
- Phaethornis bourcieri, described by René Primevère Lesson in 1832.
- Beolens, Bo & Watkins, Michael (2003). Whose Bird?: Men and women commemorated in the common names of birds, Christopher Helm, London.
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