Emerald-chinned Hummingbird Abeillia abeillei

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Marîa del Coro Arizmendi, Claudia I. Rodríguez-Flores, Carlos A. Soberanes-González, and Thomas S. Schulenberg


Conservation Status

The IUCN Red List status for Emerald-chinned Hummingbird is Least Concern due to its large range, and its population size and trend to not meet the criterion for Vulnerable (a distribution of 145,000 km2; BirdLife International 2014). It 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 Endangered and is on Appendix I of CITES). Emerald-chinned Hummingbird has Special Protection status under Mexican law (NOM-059 SEMARNAT 2010) because it has a restricted range and is associated with cloud forest a critically endangered habitat in the country. Emerald-chinned Hummingbird also is a species of high concern to Partners in Flight (Berlanga et al. 2010). Based on determinations of habitat loss, Berlanga et al. (2010) estimated that 15-49 of its population has been lost in Mexico during the last century.

Effects of human activity on populations

Emerald-chinned Hummingbird is dependent on threatened tropical evergreen forest habitats. The primary threats to this species are logging of mature forests, and habitat conversion for agriculture and livestock production. It also faces future threats from climate change.

Recommended Citation

Arizmendi, M. d. C., C. I. Rodríguez-Flores, C. A. Soberanes-González, and T. S. Schulenberg (2014). Emerald-chinned Hummingbird (Abeillia abeillei), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.emchum1.01