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Coppery-headed Emerald Elvira cupreiceps

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


Conservation Status

Although the population size or population trend of Coppery-headed Emerald have not been quantified, the decline is not rapid enough to approach the threshold of becoming Vulnerable. Consequently, despite its small geographical range, the IUCN Red List conservation status for Coppery-headed Emerald is rated as Least Concern (Birdlife International 2013). Coppery-headed Emerald is included in Appendix II of CITES, as is the case with all hummingbirds, regardless of rarity (except for Hook-billed Hermit Glaucis dohrnii, which is on Appendix I of CITES).

The relative abundance of Coppery-headed Emerald is assessed as "fairly common" (Stiles and Skutch 1989).

Effects of human activity on populations

No specific threats to Coppery-headed Emerald are identified (BirdLife International 2013). It potentially is vulnerable to habitat loss, but it occurs in many protected areas in Costa Rica (Stiles 1999).

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.