Coppery-headed Emerald Elvira cupreiceps

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

Diet and Foraging


Coppery-headed Emerald forages on nectar from flowers of "small blossoms of trees (Pithecellobium, Quararibea, Guarea), epiphytes (Ericaceae, Clusia), and shrubs (especially scattered Besleria in understory, by females)" (Stiles and Skutch 1989). Also visits flowers of epiphytic Gesneriaceae, and, in second growth and in coffee plantations, flowers of Inga trees and of Stachytarpheta shrubs (Feinsinger 1977, Stiles 1999).

Coppery-headed Emerald also consumes small arthropods (Remsen et al. 1983).

Foraging Behavior

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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.