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Amethyst-throated Mountain-gem - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Margaret's Hummingbird; Amethyst-throated Mountaingem; Amethyst-throated Hummingbird

Lampornis amethystinus


11·5–12·5 cm

  • Black bill, slightly decurved
  • Dark green crown and back
  • Underside dark brown to grey
  • Tail dark with pale grey tips to outer rectrices
  • Stripe down from eye is dark grey
  • Postocular stripe whitish
  • Male has rosy-pink gorget which to the rear is bordered by buffy to whitish malar stripe
  • Female has throat area buffy


Central America: found in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras



There are 5 subspecies[1]

  • L. a. amethystinus:
  • L. a. circumventus
  • Southern Mexico (western Sierra de Miahuatlán, in southwestern Oaxaca)
  • L. a. salvini:
  • L. a. nobilis:
  • L. a. margaritae:

In addition, L. a. brevirostris is recognised by some authors[2]


Moist montanes.



The diet includes nectar from a variety of flowers.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Fagan, J & O Komar 2016. Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, New York, New York, USA. ISBN 978-0-544-37326-6
  3. Avibase

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