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Short-tailed Emerald Chlorostilbon poortmani

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
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Both sexes are nearly identical to Narrow-tailed Emerald in appearance (Chlorostilbon stenurus). They could also potentially be confused with Blue-tailed Emerald (Chlorostilbon mellisugus) or Green-tailed Emerald (Chlorostilbon alice) in parts of their range. Short-tailed Emeralds frequent humid forests, open woodlands, second growth, shrubby pastures, plantations, and roadside thickets where they are most often seen by themselves at low perches. Unlike other species in the genus, their flight is weaving and floating.

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

Recommended Citation

Short-tailed Emerald (Chlorostilbon poortmani), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/shteme1