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Photo © by Jacamar
Glasgow, EBB, Guyana, December 2005
Chionomesa fimbriata

Amazilia fimbriata
Includes Tachira Emerald


8–12 cm (3¼-4¾ in)
It has a "glittering" green throat and a white stripe down the centre of the belly.
The bill is almost straight - black above and pink below.


Photo © by erikat
AdeK University, Uitvlucht (Paramaribo), Suriname, June 2007

Northern half of South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil.


This is a polytypic species[1] consisting of 7 subspecies.

This species is sometimes placed in genus Polyerata.


Male, Subspecies nigricauda
Photo © by Francisco Paludo
Casa da Rosane Taborda, Morretes, PR, Brazil, June 2017
  • C. f. elegantissima:
  • C. f. fimbriata:
  • North-eastern Venezuela to Guianas and Brazil north of the Amazon
  • C. f. apicalis:
  • Colombia east of the Andes
  • C. f. fluviatilis:
  • South-eastern Colombia and eastern Ecuador
  • C. f. laeta:
  • C. f. nigricauda:
  • Eastern Bolivia and central Brazil south of the Amazon
  • C. f. tephrocephala:
  • Coastal south-eastern Brazil (Espírito Santo to Rio Grande do Sul)

The subspecies distans is considered a hybrid and deleted.


Gallery forest, second growth, xerophytic areas, open deciduous woodland, savannas, thorny scrub, gardens, llanos.



Their diet includes nectar.


Feeding through a hole made by Bananaquit
Photo © by Pantanal1
Cuiaba, Mato Grosso, Brazil
  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. Lepage D. (2021) [Avibase - https://avibase.ca/91AD1DE4 ]. Retrieved 11 December 2021
  3. Weller, A.A., G. M. Kirwan, and P. F. D. Boesman (2021). Glittering-throated Emerald (Chionomesa fimbriata), version 1.1. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.glteme1.01.1
  4. BF Member observations

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