Green-throated Carib Eulampis holosericeus

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Andrew Farnsworth


Nest is cup-shaped, lined inside with soft fibers of cacti, seeds, and tree ferns and lined outside with bark and lichen; generally 2-9 m above the ground, often in the fork of a twig (Raffaele et al. 1998, Schuchmann 1999). 2 eggs (usually) white.

© Ben Shields. Green-throated Carib nest with two nestlings. Maho Bay, St. John's Island, USVI. May

Incubation usually lasts 17-19 days, followed by 20-22 day fledgling period; female incubates.  Normally single-brooded, but may have additional brood if rainy conditions persist (Raffaele et al. 1998, Schuchmann 1999).  Juvenile birds remain close to adult, presumably female, for several weeks before dispersing.  Birds breed in their second year (Schuchmann 1999).

Recommended Citation

Farnsworth, A. (2009). Green-throated Carib (Eulampis holosericeus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.