Golden-crowned Emerald Chlorostilbon auriceps

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: MarĂ®a del Coro Arizmendi



Golden-crowned Emeralds forage from low to midheights, but often near the ground (Howell and Webb 1995). They wag the tail as they feed, and often hold the tail partially open, so that the fork in the tail is noticeable (Howell and Webb 1995). They forage by traplining (DesGranges and Grant 1980), without defend feeding territories, and are subordinate to larger species of hummingbirds. Emeralds catch insects searching among the branches.


Golden-crowned Emeralds probably do not defend territories.

Social and interspecific behavior

Golden-crowned Emerald usually is solitary, as is typical of hummingbirds.

Recommended Citation

Arizmendi, M. d. C. (2013). Golden-crowned Emerald (Chlorostilbon auriceps), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.