Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Green-breasted Mango (Anthracothorax prevostii)


French: Mango de Prévost German: Grünbrust-Mangokolibri Spanish: Mango pechiverde

Trochilus prevostii


, 1832,

Veracruz, Mexico


Recent phylogenetic study based on plumage colour spectra indicated that this species formed a clade with A. nigricollis, with A. veraguensis and A. dominicus as sister-species#R. Very closely related to A. nigricollis, and occasionally regarded as conspecific, the two evidently replacing each other geographically, with at most very local sympatry in N Venezuela and perhaps elsewhere. Has often been considered conspecific with A. veraguensis. Taxon iridescens was treated as a race of present species in HBW, but is here assigned to A. nigricollis (which see). Proposed race nigrilineatus (Bay Is, Honduras) now held to be inseparable from gracilirostris; proposed race pinchoti (San Andrés I) generally regarded as inseparable from hendersoni. Four subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. p. prevostii (Lesson, 1832) – E & S Mexico S to Guatemala, Belize and (possibly migrants) El Salvador.
  • A. p. gracilirostris Ridgway, 1910 – El Salvador and Honduras S to W Panama.
  • A. p. hendersoni (Cory, 1887) – Providencia I and San Andrés I, in SW Caribbean.
  • A. p. viridicordatus Cory, 1913 – extreme NE Colombia (Guajira Peninsula) and coastal slope of N Venezuela.
  • Descriptive notes

    11–12·5 cm; male 7·2 g, female 6·8 g (gracilirostris), male 5·8 g, female 5·7–6·5 g (hendersoni). Male... read more


    Rather silent. Song a buzzy, twanging “kazick-kazee”, usually rapidly repeated 3–4 times, from a... read more


    Open grassy or shrubby areas with scattered taller trees, especially near water; savannas, pastures... read more

    Food and feeding

    Visits mostly flowers of trees (Inga, Caesalpinia, Bauhinia, Erythrina, Ceiba, ... read more


    Mainly during dry season, Dec–May in Costa Rica, Oct and Feb–Mar in El Salvador, Mar in N Colombia. During breeding season male... read more


    Ranges rather widely following changes in flowering on a local basis, but no long-distance... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Uncommon to very common in different parts of range, and in many areas expanding range with deforestation; readily accepts... read more

    Recommended citation

    Stiles, F.G., Boesman, P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Green-breasted Mango (Anthracothorax prevostii). 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 21 May 2019).