Honduran emerald

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Honduran emerald
Honduran Emerald (Amazilia luciae) (2495402213).jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Apodiformes
Family: Trochilidae
Genus: Amazilia
Species: A. luciae
Binomial name
Amazilia luciae
(Lawrence, 1868)

The Honduran emerald (Amazilia luciae) is a species of hummingbird in the family Trochilidae.

This bird is found only in Honduras.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and subtropical or tropical dry shrubland.

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.[2] 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).[2] It was described by George Newbold Lawrence in 1867.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Amazilia luciae". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Howell, Steve N.G.; Sophie Webb (December 1989). "Notes on the Honduran Emerald" (PDF). Wilson Bulletin. 101 (4): 642–643. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 

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