Cuban emerald

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Cuban emerald
Cuban emerald (Chlorostilbon ricordii ricordii) male cr.jpg
Cuban emerald (Chlorostilbon ricordii ricordii) female cr.jpg
both C. r. recordii
at Palpite, Cuba
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Apodiformes
Family: Trochilidae
Genus: Chlorostilbon
Species: C. ricordii
Binomial name
Chlorostilbon ricordii
(Gervais, 1835)
Chlorostilbon ricordii map.svg
Range of C. ricordii
  • Sporadinus ricordii

The Cuban emerald (Chlorostilbon ricordii) is a species of hummingbird in the family Trochilidae. It is found in a wide range of semi-open habitats in Cuba, the Isle of Pines, and the western Bahamas. This bird is known locally as zun-zun, and can be observed to be feeding throughout the day, perching on a wire to rest.


The male is almost entirely metallic or iridescent green and measures up to 10 cm (3.9 in) long. He has a slight bluish tinge to the breast, white spot behind the eye and a forked black tail. The female differs with a grey throat, breast and belly.[2]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Chlorostilbon ricordii". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ Garrido, Orlando H.; Kirkconnell, Arturo (2000). Field Guide to the Birds of Cuba. Ithaca, NY: Comstock, Cornell University Press. p. 144. ISBN 978-0-8014-8631-9.

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