Canivet's Emerald

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Chlorostilbon Canivetii 

Canivet's Emerald

Males have a bright crown that is emerald green with copper flashes, a white spot behind each eye, and body plumage is mostly emerald green, a blue-black forked tail with the inner feathers tipped grey.

Females have golden-green upperparts and back of the neck. They have pale grey plumage, including the throat, a shorter tail than the males with the blue-green tail feathers and outer feathers tipped with white.

Juveniles are similar to the females but are spotted green below.

BILL: male, red with black tip; female, maxilla black, mandible red to pinkish with black tip.

SIZE: males measure between 3.3 - 3.5 inches in length and females between 3 - 3.1 inches.

WEIGHT: average weight is 2.8 grams.

COLOR: green, blue, gray, white, black, brown, and red.

Subtropical or tropical dry forest, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest, and heavily degraded former forest.

NECTAR from plants of the families Rubiaceae, Verbenaceae, and Oenotheraceae.

INSECTS small insects and spiders.

Hovering, sometimes hanging while feeding from flowers.

NEST: deep, cup-shaped nest out of plant fibers woven together and green moss on the outside for camouflage in a protected location in a shrub, bush or tree.

EGGS: 2 white eggs.

Resident in Mexico from Ciudad Victoria south through Ciudad Valles and along the Atlantic coast through the Yucatan Peninsula, Belize and Guatemala; and along the Pacific coast from Tapachula south through Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica.

The Canivet's Emerald is also known as Fork-Tailed Emerald.

Canivet's Emerald Infographic




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