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Garden Emerald

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Photo by Gambia14Canopy Lodge, El Valle, Panama, November 2006
Photo by Gambia14
Canopy Lodge, El Valle, Panama, November 2006
Chlorostilbon assimilis


[edit] Identification

7·8–8·5 cm (3-3¼ in) Bill black, short, and straight 1.25cm (½ in)
Male: entirely metallic green with white leg tufts (usually not visible in the field). Tail blue-black and forked.
Female: Green above. Face dusky with buffy streak beind eye. Pale grey below with some green on sides. Tail blue-black with greyish tips to outers. Not forked.

[edit] Similar species

Canivet's Emerald with red in the bill and in male a stronger fork in the tail, and Steely-vented Hummingbird with different colors on the back.

[edit] Distribution

MalePhoto by Stanley JonesWilson Botanical Gardens, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica, February 2015
Photo by Stanley Jones
Wilson Botanical Gardens, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica, February 2015

Central America: found on the Pacific slope of south-western Costa Rica and Panama; Coiba and Pearl Island.

[edit] Taxonomy

This monotypic species[1] was considered part of the Blue-tailed Emerald complex in the past (at its most extreme also including Canivet's Emerald.

[edit] Habitat

Quite common in open areas, gardens and woodland egdes in lowlands and some foothills.

[edit] Behaviour

Usually seen feeding on flowers close to the ground. Higher when trees in flower.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from

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