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Anthracothorax prevostii

Green-breasted Mango

  • Order: Apodiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic 5 Subspecies

Authors: Huffstater, Kyle, M. C. Arizmendi, C. Rodríguez-Flores, and C. Soberanes-González

Anthracothorax prevostii

Costa Rica; 20 December 2011 © Brad Weinert

Green-breasted Mango is a polytypic species, with five subspecies that are distributed from eastern Mexico south to Costa Rica, on a few islands in the western Caribbean, and in northwestern South America. This hummingbird is common and widespread in the Central America, but the southern populations often are local and uncommon or rare. As is typical of mangos, Green-breasted Mangos primarily occur in open lowland habitats including savannas, forest edges, parks, and gardens. Male mangos sing from high perches, repeating a twangy song three or four times in a row. When feeding on insects or nectar, these mangos frequently fan out their tails. Green-breasted Mango is very similar to Veraguan Mango (Anthracothorax veraguensis) and to Black-throated Mango (Anthracothorax nigricollis); furthermore, some subspecies currently included within Green-breasted Mango perhaps also merit recognition as separate species.

Recommended Citation

Huffstater, Kyle, M. C. Arizmendi, C. Rodríguez-Flores, and C. Soberanes-González. 2013. Green-breasted Mango (Anthracothorax prevostii), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

  • Migration/Movement:Complex Migrant
  • Primary Habitat:Secondary forest
  • Foraging Strata:Midstory/Canopy
  • Foraging Behavior:---
  • Diet:Omnivorous
  • Sociality:Solitary
  • Mating System:---
  • Nest Form:Cup
  • Clutch: 2 - 2
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern