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Coppery-headed Emerald - BirdForum Opus

(Redirected from Elvira cupreiceps)
Photo © by Jim Crosswell
Finca Oro, Costa Rica, February 2008
Microchera cupreiceps

Elvira cupreiceps


Photo © by njlarsen
La Paz Waterfalls Gardens, Costa Rica, December 2011

A somewhat curved bill that has a pale basal half of lower mandible. Undertail is very white.

Similar Species

Juvenile Male
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Caribbean slope, La Cinchona, Alajuela Province, Costa Rica, March 2008

White-tailed Emerald has a straight bill. The bill of Stripe-tailed Hummingbird is all black and less curved, and the undertail is less uniform white.

Female of Coppery-headed Emerald is quite similar to the female Snowcap, but with greenish spots below the eye and on the neck, and with a narrower, less conspicuous dark band on the tail. Of course, the bill if seen well will be conclusive, straight on Snowcap and decurved on the emerald.


In Central America, found in the highlands of northern and central Costa Rica.


Photo © by Michael Daniel Ho

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This is a monotypic species[1].


A higher elevation species. Gardens.


The diet includes nectar.


  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. Ridgely & Gwynne 1989. Birds of Panama. Princeton Paperbacks. ISBN 0691025126
  3. Birdforum thread discussing the id of this species
  4. ID features of females were discussed in comments to this image

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