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Amazilia candida

White-bellied Emerald

  • Order: Apodiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic 3 Subspecies

Authors: Arizmendi, M. C., C. Rodríguez-Flores, C. Soberanes-González, and Thomas S. Schulenberg

Amazilia candida

Veracruz, Mexico; 15 October 2007 © Christopher L. Wood

White-bellied Emerald is a small bicolored hummingbird, green above and white below. This species may recall Azure-crowned Hummingbirds (Amazilia cyanocephala), but White-bellied Emerald is smaller and is all white below. White-bellied Emerald inhabits humid evergreen and semi-deciduous forests, wooded river banks, clearings, and plantations. During the winter, many birds reside near swamps and in semi-deciduous forests. White-bellied Emeralds are quite common in the tropical Caribbean lowlands but much less so at higher elevations or on the Pacific slope. This species feeds and sings at all levels of the forest.

Recommended Citation

Arizmendi, M. C., C. Rodríguez-Flores, C. Soberanes-González, and Thomas S. Schulenberg. 2013. White-bellied Emerald (Amazilia candida), 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:Tropical lowland evergreen forest
  • Foraging Strata:Understory/Canopy
  • Foraging Behavior:---
  • Diet:Nectar
  • Sociality:Solitary
  • Mating System:Unknown
  • Nest Form:Cup
  • Clutch: -
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern