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Photo by Cedric K
Canal Zone (Canopy Tower), Panama, August 2004

Alternative name: Snowy-breasted Hummingbird

Saucerottia edward

Amazilia edward


The two sexes are similar. All forms show the green upper back, head, and throat and white lower breast and belly seen in the photo.


Subspecies niveoventer shows a blue-black tail and a coppery-greenish lower back, white edward has both areas rufous. These two forms are surprisingly different when seen in the field.


This hummingbird is found in Panama and just into Costa Rica.


This species is sometimes included in the genus Amazilia.


There are 4 subspecies[1]:

  • S. e. niveoventer":
  • S. e. edward:
  • Arid tropical Panama (Canal Zone to western Darién)
  • S. e. collata:
  • Central Panama
  • S. e. margaritarum:


Forests and moist montanes.



  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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