The pale-tailed barbthroat (Threnetes leucurus) is a species of hummingbird in the family Trochilidae. It is found in the Amazon Basin proper and bordering countries, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, and Venezuela. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest and subtropical or tropical swampland.
The taxonomy of the Threnetes leucurus/T. niger complex has caused much confusion in recent years: Schuchmann & Hinkelmann (1999) considered the sooty barbthroat a melanistic variant of T. leucurus, but as it was described first, its scientific name was adopted for the entire species; pale-tailed barbthroat (T. niger). This, however, has not been accepted by all authorities, notably SACC, which consider both T. niger and T. leucurus as valid species.
- Hinkelmann, C. (1999). Pale-tailed Barbthroat (Threnetes Niger). Pp. 539 in: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A. & Sargatal, J. (editors) (1999): Handbook of Birds of the World, Volume 5: Barn-owls to Hummingbirds. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. ISBN 84-87334-25-3
- Split Threnetes leucurus from Threnetes niger South American Classification Committee (2003).
- Article w/RangeMaps InfoNatura NatureServe
- Pale-tailed Barbthroat: Threnetes leucurus Photo, and Article
- Stamps (for Suriname)
- Pale-tailed Barbthroat photo gallery VIREO
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