Stripe-tailed Hummingbird Eupherusa eximia

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
  • Authors: Marîa del Coro Arizmendi, Claudia I. Rodríguez-Flores, Carlos A. Soberanes-González, and Thomas S. Schulenberg


  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Stripe-tailed Hummingbird
eBird range map for Stripe-tailed Hummingbird

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

Distribution in the Americas

Stripe-tailed Hummingbird occurs in montane areas from Mexico south to Panama. The distribution is along the Caribbean slope from southern Mexico (north to southern Veracruz) south to northern Nicaragua (Friedmann et al. 1950, Binford 1989, Howell and Webb 1995). It also occurs in Costa Rica and western Panama, where it occurs on both slopes.

Stripe-tailed Hummingbird primarily is resident, but some undertake altitudinal movements. The elevational range in Mexico is 600-1800 m, but descending to near sea level when not breeding (Howell and Webb 1995); it occurs at 1000-1800 m in Honduras but descends to 3oo m when not breeding (Monroe 1968); and in Costa Rica it occurs from 800-2000 m, with some descending to 300 m or ascending to 2450 m after breeding (Stiles and Skutch 1989).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


Stripe-tailed Hummingbird occupies humid montane evergreen forest, forest edge, plantations, and semideciduous and pine-evergreen forests (Binford 1989, Stiles and Skutch 1989, Howell and Webb 1995).

Historical changes

None reported.

Fossil history

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Arizmendi, M. d. C., C. I. Rodríguez-Flores, C. A. Soberanes-González, and T. S. Schulenberg (2013). Stripe-tailed Hummingbird (Eupherusa eximia), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.