Hispaniolan Emerald

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Chlorostilbon swainsonii

Hispaniolan Emerald

The Hispaniolan Emerald is a species of hummingbird in the family Trochilidae. It is closely related to the Puerto Rican Emerald (Riccordia maugaeus).

It measures about 4.33 inches long.

Male is a thin, deep-green hummingbird with a forked tail and a small white post- ocular spot. In good light, it shows some golden and coppery iridescence. Bill is slightly decurved, black above, and mostly red or reddish underneath.

Female has mostly green upperparts, an all-dark, notched tail, dingy whitish or grayish underparts, a dark cheek-stripe, and a pale post-ocular streak or spot.

Most common vocalization is a sharp “tic", most often given in a prolonged series at about five “tics” per second.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest, subtropical or tropical moist montane forest, and heavily degraded former forest.

Endemic to Hispaniola (the Dominican Republic and Haiti).


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