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Mangrove Hummingbird - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by firecrest15
Coastal mangroves, nr Tarcoles, West Costa Rica, May, 2009
Amazilia boucardi


Photo © by HelenB
Playa Blanca, La Palma, Costa Rica, 2 April 2019

10–11 cm (4-4¼ in)

  • Bronze and green overall plumage


  • Dark bill, reddish lower mandible
  • Green crown and upperparts (bronzed on rump and tail)
  • Bluish-green throat and breast
  • White belly
  • Forked tail

Female: similar

  • Mainly white underparts
  • Small green spots on the throat and sides


Endemic to Costa Rica.


This is a monotypic species[1].

This species is sometimes placed in genus Polyerata.


Just as closely linked to mangroves as the name would indicate



Their main diet consists of nectar from both native and introduced plants.


Their small cup nest is constructed from balsa floss, plant down and cobwebs.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Weller, A.A., de Juana, E., Boesman, P. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Mangrove Hummingbird (Amazilia boucardi). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/55504 on 25 August 2019)
  3. Luther, D. (2009). Mangrove Hummingbird (Amazilia boucardi), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.manhum1.01

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