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White-chested Emerald Amazilia brevirostris

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
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Varying considerably in abundance across its range, the White-chested Emerald is considered a common resident in semi-open coastal areas, but exceedingly few recent records of it exists in French Guiana. Other than in French Guiana where they appear to be strictly coastal, these emeralds are found in a variety of habitats including rainforest, edges of humid forest, secondary growth, scrub, savannah, partially cultivated areas, and in mangroves. In addition to foraging on floral nectar, White-chested Emeralds eat insects and visit birdfeeders. They are identified by their mostly white underparts and reddish-copper upper tail. Morphometric measurements reveal that the subspecies found in Trinidad is actually larger than those found on the South American mainland

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Recommended Citation

White-chested Emerald (Amazilia brevirostris), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: