Andean emerald

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Andean emerald
Andean Emerald (Amazilia franciae).jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Apodiformes
Family: Trochilidae
Genus: Amazilia
A. franciae
Binomial name
Amazilia franciae
(Bourcier & Mulsant, 1846)

The Andean emerald (Amazilia franciae) is a species of hummingbird found at forest edge, woodland, gardens and scrub in the Andes of Colombia, Ecuador and northern Peru. It is generally fairly common. It is green above and white below. Some subspecies have a blue crown. They are generally solitary but will be present with other hummingbirds at flowering trees (known as feeding assemblies).[2][3]

Sexual dimorphism is displayed within the species where the male dawns a blue crown and the female a green one.[2]


  • A. f. viridiceps (Gould, 1860) – Ecuadorian Emerald – SW Colombia (Nariño) and W Ecuador (S to Loja).
  • A. f. franciae (Bourcier & Mulsant, 1846) – Andean Emerald – Andes of NW & C Colombia.
  • A. f. cyanocollis (Gould, 1853) – Andes of SE Ecuador (Zamora-Chinchipe) and N Peru (Marañón Valley S to E La Libertad).


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Amazilia franciae". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Andean Emerald - Introduction | Neotropical Birds Online". Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  3. ^ a b "Andean Emerald (Amazilia franciae)". Retrieved 2019-05-24.

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