Originally Posted by lewis20126
Thanks for posting. I wonder how many birders have seen this bird already? Quite a few I think.
I didn't know ,much about the first named author although I did find this which I consider disappointing:
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 ..
J Berton C Harris, Ana E Ágreda, Mery E Juiña, Bernd P Freymann
Journal The Wilson Journal of Ornithology
Others will of course consider this to be valuable and necessary research, though I am not among them.
I know the first author personally, and I can assure you that he only collected the specimens after verifying that it would not harm the conservation of the species. There are few more dedicated to bird conservation than Bert is. I agree with you that there are many cases where specimens should not be taken, but this was not one of them.
I asked Bert about this, and he told me:
"By describing the female (which is impossible without a specimen) we are finally able to be sure of the identification and clear up the confusion with Little Woodstar that had plagued the Esmeraldas Woodstar for its entire existence. Based on our research, which depended on the collection, the Jocotoco Foundation bought a reserve to protect the nesting hotspot for the species. So I am 100% sure we helped the conservation of the species by sacrificing three females."