Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Green-and-white Hummingbird (Amazilia viridicauda)


French: Ariane du Pérou German: Grünweißamazilie Spanish: Amazilia blanquiverde

Leucippus viridicauda


, 1883,

Huyro, 4800 feet [c. 1470 m], Peru


Has been included in genus Leucippus, largely for reasons of morphology, behaviour and biogeography. In the past, alternatively placed in genus Chionogaster, along with A. chionogaster; sympatric with that species in Urubamba Valley (C Peru), where hybridization not yet demonstrated. Monotypic.


E slope of Andes of Peru (S Huánuco S, locally, to Cuzco).

Descriptive notes

10–11 cm; male 6·0 g, female 5·5 g. Male has straight, medium-sized bill, maxilla blackish, mandible reddish with dark tip; upperparts and flanks... read more


Song as A. chionogaster, a repeated short phrase of typically three squeaky notes, “tseet-... read more


Forest edges, clearings and second growth in the humid subtropical zone between 1000 and 2500 m.

Food and feeding

Nectar of various plant species, also small arthropods.


Poorly known. Breeding has been observed in Jan, possibly representing the seasonal peak; additionally, nest-building was recorded in Jul.... read more


Probably some local dispersal.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Peruvian East Andean Foothills EBA. Fairly common breeder in Pasco, and around Machu Picchu in Cuzco.... read more

Recommended citation

Weller, A.A. & Boesman, P. (2018). Green-and-white Hummingbird (Amazilia viridicauda). 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 22 March 2018).