Horned sungem

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Horned sungem
Haeckel - Heliactin bilophus.jpg
print by Ernst Haeckel
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Apodiformes
Family: Trochilidae
Genus: Heliactin
F. Boie, 1831
H. bilophus
Binomial name
Heliactin bilophus
(Temminck, 1820)
  • Heliactin bilopha (lapsus)
  • Heliactin bilophum (lapsus)
  • Heliactin cornutus
    (Wied-Neuwied, 1821)

The horned sungem (Heliactin bilophus) is a South American hummingbird, the only species, (monotypic), of the genus Heliactin. The scientific name bilophus is sometimes considered a nomen oblitum, which, if accepted, results in Heliactin cornutus being the correct name for this species. It occurs in Bolivia, Brazil, and Suriname. It prefers fairly dry open or semi-open habitats, such as savanna and Cerrado. It avoids dense humid forest.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Heliactin bilophus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.

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