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Type: Journal article
Title: Distribution, plumage, and conservation status of the endemic esmeraldas woodstar (Chaetocercus berlepschi) of western Ecuador
Author: Harris, J. Berton C.
Agreda, Ana E.
Juina, Mery E.
Citation: The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, 2009; 121(2):227-239
Publisher: Wilson Ornithological Society
Issue Date: 2009
ISSN: 1559-4491
School/Discipline: School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
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J. Berton C. Harris, Ana E. Ágreda, Mery E. Juiña and Bernd P. Freymann
Abstract: The Esmeraldas Woodstar (Chaetocercus berlepschi) is a poorly known and endangered hummingbird endemic to lowland and foothill moist forest in coastal western Ecuador. We encountered 11 new localities, observed two copulations, and found 26 nests of the species from October 2007 to April 2008. We observed the generally accepted descriptions of the female must have come from mis-labeled specimens of juvenile males and were incorrect. We collected the first three confirmed females of the species and describe their characteristics. The correct identification of female C. berlepschi and recognition of the species' breeding habitat should facilitate more effective conservation of the species.
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