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Photo © by Stanley Jones
Villa Carmen Lodge, outside of Pilicopata, Cusco Department, Peru, September-2018
Threnetes leucurus


Similar species

Sooty Barbthroat differs in tail pattern.


Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Guyana, Suriname, and Venezuela.


Threnetes leucurus has four subspecies:[1]

  • T. l. leucurus
  • Southern Venezuela to Suriname, Amazonian Brazil and northern Bolivia
  • T. l. cervinicauda
  • Eastern Colombia to eastern Ecuador, north-eastern Peru and adjacent western Amazonian Brazil
  • T. l. rufigastra
  • Central Peru to northern Bolivia
  • T. l. medianus
  • North-eastern Brazil south of the Amazon

Pale-tailed Barbthroat and Sooty Barbthroat has been two species, then lumped, and now again split.


Moist lowland forests and swamps.



  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist.
  2. SACC proposal discussing Sooty and Pale-throated Barbthroat

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