It is found only in Honduras.
It is threatened by habitat loss, and deforestation. The species is locally common in arid thorn forest and scrub in the upper Rio Aguan valley, Department of Yoro. Exploration of the less-accessible interior of Honduras has revealed a wider distribution than thought at the time of its "rediscovery." The species responds and joins mobs after hearing the calls of a Ferruginous Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium brasilianum). It was described by Lawrence in 1867.
- BirdLife International (2012). "Amazilia luciae". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
- Howell, Steve N.G.; Sophie Webb (December 1989). "Notes on the Honduran Emerald". Wilson Bulletin 101 (4): 642–643. Retrieved 2007-12-30.
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