Sooty Barbthroat

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Sooty Barbthroat
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Subclass: Neornithes
Infraclass: Neognathae
(unranked): Cypselomorphae
Order: Trochiliformes
Family: Trochilidae
Subfamily: Phaethornithinae
Genus: Threnetes
Species: T. niger
Binomial name
Threnetes niger
Linnaeus, 1758

The Sooty Barbthroat (Threnetes niger) is a species of hummingbird. It is found in French Guiana and far north-eastern Brazil. Its habitat is humid tropical lowland forest. Though normally restricted in range, it is common enough to be thought a Species of Least Concern by the IUCN.

The taxonomy and systematics of the Sooty Barbthroat complex has made much confusion. Some authors thought the Sooty Barbthroat to be a "melanistic variant" of the Pale-tailed Barbthroat (T. leucurus).

Not only that, but some suggest that the Bronze-tailed Barbthroat (T. n. loehkeni) should also be thought a valid species and have the doubtful Christina's Barbthroat (T. n. christinae) as a subspecies. Freire's Sooty Barbthroat (T. n. freirei) is average between the Sooty and Bronze-tailed Barbthroats however, and thus its status needs to be more clear before the problem is fixed.

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