Mangrove Hummingbird

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Amazilia boucardi

Mangrove Hummingbird

The Mangrove Hummingbird is a species of hummingbird in the family Trochilidae.

Remaining population estimate about 2,500-9,999 mature individuals with population decreasing. With these threats to its already severely fragmented habitat, the IUCN has listed it as "Endangered".

The average size is approximately between 3.7 and 4.3 inches and weighs around 4.5 grams. The adult bill averages 0.7 inches in length. It is bronze and green in color.

Males are pale green on crown and upperparts, with bronze tinge to their rear. Tail is bronze-green. They have dark bills with reddish lower mandible.

Females are similar looking with mainly white underparts and little green spotting on throat and sides.

Primarily feeds off the nectar from the flowers of the tea mangrove (Pelliciera rhizophorae).

It also takes nectar from several other species of plant and feeds on insects.

Subtropical or tropical mangrove forest.

Found only in Costa Rica.

The nest is a tiny cup-shaped made from fluff from the balsa tree (Ochroma pyramidale), lichens and cobwebs. It is built in the branches of the tea mangrove a few meters above the water.

2 eggs are laid between October and February and incubated by the female.


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