Golden-crowned Emerald Chlorostilbon auriceps

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


  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Golden-crowned Emerald
eBird range map for Golden-crowned Emerald

Generated from eBird observations (Year-Round, 1900-present)

Distribution in the Americas

Golden-crowned Emerald is endemic to western Mexico. It occurs on the Pacific slope from Sinaloa south to eastern Oaxaca, and occurs inland up the Balsas drainage to southern Morelos (Friedmann et al. 1950, Howell 1993, Howell and Webb 1995). Golden-crowned Emerald generally is resident, but at least locally some populations may make seasonal movements (DesGranges and Grant 1980, Arizmendi and Ornelas 1990).

The elevational distribution of Golden-crowned Emerald is from sea level up to 1800 m (Howell 1993, Howell and Webb 1995).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


Inhabits tropical dry forest from sea level to 1800 m.

Historical changes

None reported.

Fossil history

None reported.

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.