Coppery-headed Emerald Elvira cupreiceps

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Thomas S. Schulenberg and Carolyn W. Sedgwick


Very little information. Breeds from October to March (in the wet season and the early part of the dry season) (Stiles and Skutch 1989, Stiles 1999); the timing of breeding may vary from year to year (Stiles 1985). Breeding also is closely correlated with the abundance of flowers of canopy epiphytes, at least at one site (Stiles 1985).

The nest is a small cup, composed of plant down, spider webs, and treefern scales, and decorated on the outside with moss and few small pieces of lichen (Stiles and Skutch 1989, Stiles 1999). The nest is placed in a shrub or a treefern, 1-3 m above the ground, in the forest understory, at forest edge, or along a trail or stream (Stiles and Skutch 1989, Stiles 1999). The clutch is 2 (Stiles 1999); eggs are not described (but presumably are white and unmarked).

There is no information on the length of incubation or of the nestling period.

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, T. S. and C. W. Sedgwick (2013). Coppery-headed Emerald (Elvira cupreiceps), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.