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Chestnut-breasted Coronet Boissonneaua matthewsii

Thomas S. Schulenberg
Version: 1.0 — Published January 10, 2014


Geographic Variation

Boissonneaua matthewsii is monotypic (Zimmer 1951).


Related Species

Described as Trochilus Matthewsii (Bourcier 1847); type locality Peru (restricted by Zimmer 1951 to Chachapoyas, Amazonas, Peru)

A recent phylogenetic survey of the phylogenetic relationships of hummingbirds, based on 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). Boissonneaua belongs to the brilliant clade, which is dominated by Andean species, and is sister to the genera Ocreatus and Urosticte. Other genera in the brilliant clade are Haplophaedia, Eriocnemis, Aglaeactis, Coeligena, Lafresnaya, Ensifera, Pterophanes, Urochroa, and Heliodoxa (McGuire et al. 2007, 2009). Clytolaema was not included in this survey, but is suspected to belong to the brilliant clade as well (McGuire et al. 2009).

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, T. S. (2014). Chestnut-breasted Coronet (Boissonneaua matthewsii), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.chbcor1.01