Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Blue-chested Hummingbird (Amazilia amabilis)


French: Ariane aimable German: Blaubrustamazilie Spanish: Amazilia amable

Trochilus (——?) amabilis


, 1853,



Sometimes placed in genus Polyerata or Agyrtria. Has been considered conspecific with A. decora, as in HBW, but taxa distinct in many characters. Proposed race costaricensis (Nicaragua to Panama) inseparable from birds in rest of range. Monotypic.


NE Nicaragua S (on Caribbean slope) to NC Colombia and S to Ecuador W of Andes (S to El Oro); possibly SE Honduras. Precise limits of range at N & S extremes, and perhaps elsewhere, uncertain.

Descriptive notes

7–11 cm; male 4–4·8 g, female 3·8–4 g. Male has straight, mid-length, blackish bill, mandible basally reddish; crown and malar area glittering... read more


Song quite variable, typically a long series of strident squeaky notes, e.g. “tsip-tsew-tsew-tseek-... read more


Inhabits forests edges, open woodland, thickets, second growth, clearings, riparian vegetation,... read more

Food and feeding

Forages for nectar, usually in lower strata at herbs such as Heliconia and shrubs; occasionally higher up in middle strata. In... read more


In Costa Rica, nesting starts with dry season from Dec to May; similar season assumed for Panama and Colombia (birds in breeding condition... read more


Short-distance migrant; movements partially correlated with flowering period. Seasonal movements... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Relatively common, at least locally, in most parts of range. One of the commonest trochilids in the Canal Zone of Panama.... read more

Recommended citation

Weller, A.A., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2020). Blue-chested Hummingbird (Amazilia amabilis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 25 February 2020).