The metaltails are a group of hummingbirds in the genus Metallura. The species are distributed along the Andes.[1][2]

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Tyrian metaltail (Metallura tyrianthina)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Apodiformes
Family: Trochilidae
Tribe: Lesbiini
Genus: Metallura
Gould, 1847
Type species
Ornismya phoebe

Taxonomy and species listEdit

The genus Metallura was introduced by the English ornithologist John Gould in 1847.[3] The type species was subsequently designated as the black metaltail.[4][5]

The genus contains nine species:[6]


  1. ^ Jaime García-Moreno, Peter Arctander and Jon Fjeldså (1999). "Strong diversification at the treeline among Metallura hummingbirds" (PDF). The Auk. 116 (3): 702–711. doi:10.2307/4089331. JSTOR 4089331.
  2. ^ Heindl, Martin; Schuchmann, Karl-L. (1998). "Biogeography, geographical variation and taxonomy of the Andean hummingbird genus Metallura Gould, 1847". Journal für Ornithologie. 139 (4): 425–473. doi:10.1007/BF01653470. S2CID 2517854.
  3. ^ Gould, John (1847). "Drafts for a new arrangement of the Trochilidae". Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. Part 15 (175): 94–96 [94].
  4. ^ Gray, George Robert (1855). Catalogue of the Genera and Subgenera of Birds Contained in the British Museum. London: British Museum. p. 22.
  5. ^ Peters, James Lee, ed. (1945). Check-List of Birds of the World. Vol. 5. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. p. 118.
  6. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David; Rasmussen, Pamela, eds. (July 2020). "Hummingbirds". IOC World Bird List Version 10.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 2 January 2020.