Honduran Emerald Amazilia luciae

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: David L. Anderson
  • © Christian Goers

Honduran Emerald is endemic to arid interior valleys of Honduras. It is currently known from three sites in the northeast of the country, and has recently been rediscovered in the west, but recently this hummingbird went unrecorded between 1950 and 1988. Considered Critically Endangered until recently, it was downlisted to Endangered by Birdlife International after populations were rediscovered in western Honduras. The species inhabits dry forest and scrub, primarily from 250 to 500 m elevation, where the extent of available habitat is limited, is found mostly on private land, and increasingly is threatened by deforestation for cattle grazing, plantations, and international development projects. Honduran Emerald is a mid-sized, mainly green plumaged hummingbird. The male has a glittering blue green throat and upper breast, pale gray underparts, and mottled green sides. The upperparts are bright green with a bronzy tone to the uppertail coverts. Females are similar but have a less intensely colored and more restricted gorget. Both sexes have a black bill with a reddish mandible and a dark tip.


© Norman Espinoza

  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Anderson, D. L. (2014). Honduran Emerald (Amazilia luciae), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.honeme1.01