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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Archosauromorpha
Cladus: Crurotarsi
Divisio: Archosauria
Subsectio: Ornithodira
Subtaxon: Dinosauromorpha
Cladus: Dinosauria
Ordo: Saurischia
Cladus: Eusaurischia
Cladus: Theropoda
Cladus: Neotheropoda
Infraclassis: Aves
Cladus: Euavialae
Cladus: Avebrevicauda
Cladus: Pygostylia
Cladus: Ornithothoraces
Cladus: Euornithes
Cladus: Ornithuromorpha
Cladus: Ornithurae
Cladus: Carinatae
Parvclassis: Neornithes
Cohors: Neognathae
Ordo: Apodiformes

Familia: Trochilidae
Subfamilia: Trochilinae
Genus: Aglaeactis
Species: A. aliciae - A. castelnaudii - A. cupripennis - A. pamela


Aglaeactis, Gould, 1848

Gould, 1848.PZS Pt16 no.180 p.11

Aglaeactis is a genus of hummingbirds in the family Trochilidae.

It contains the following species:[1]

Image Name Common name Distribution
Shining Sunbeam (Aglaeactis cupripennis).jpg Aglaeactis cupripennis Shining sunbeam Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru
Aglaeactis aliciae Purple-backed sunbeam Peru
Aglaeactis castelnaudii White-tufted sunbeam Peru
Aglaeactis pamela Black-hooded sunbeam Bolivia


Shining sunbeam territories are characterized by highly utilized central core areas with high overall use, but low foraging activity. These territories are usually those associated with structural complexity like canopy coverings, vegetation densities, and ideal nesting/roosting sites. High canopy heights and adequate vegetation densities allow these hummingbirds to effectively transmit auditory and visual signals. More exposed and elevated perches are usually favored. These birds pick the most ideal territories to avoid predators and defend their territories.[2]

Gill, Frank; Donsker, David; Rasmussen, Pamela, eds. (July 2020). "Hummingbirds". IOC World Bird List Version 10.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
Pavan, Lucas (2020). "Patterns of territorial space use by Shining Sunbeams (Aglaeactis cupripennis), tropical montane hummingbirds". Journal of Field Ornithology. 91: 1–12. doi:10.1111/jofo.12321. S2CID 212807392.

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