Green Mango

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Anthracothorax viridis

Green Mango

The Green Mango is a large dark green hummingbird endemic to the archipelago of Puerto Rico, and mainly found in the mountainous areas of the main island.

This species strongly defends its feeding trees against other hummingbirds.

It is about 4.33 – 5.51 inches in length and weighs around 7 grams.

Adults have an emerald green head and upperparts and metallic blue-black rounded tails. Underparts are metallic blue-green. Bill is black, fairly long and slightly down-curved. Eyes are dark brown. Legs and feet are blackish.

Both sexes are similar, but females show a tiny postocular white spot which is absent in males. Immature birds have tinged brownish head and back.

CALL: Include a thin, high twitter, a sharp high "tsip".

Feeds on nectar from several plant species such as flowering trees, shrubs and vines. It also catches insects, flies and beetles, and spiders.

Mountainous regions of the island, often in coffee and other kind of plantations.

Endemic to the main island of Puerto Rico.

The female builds a compact cup-shaped nest with woven plant fibers. The outer is part decorated with lichen for better camouflage and is attached to a vertical branch in tall tree, usually about 8 meters above the ground.

The female lays 2 white eggs and incubates alone. The male remains in nearby tree while the female incubates.



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