Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Green-throated Carib (Eulampis holosericeus)


French: Colibri falle-vert German: Blaustern-Antillenkolibri Spanish: Colibrí caribeño gorjiverde

Trochilus holosericeus


, 1758,

Lesser Antilles


Sometimes placed in a monotypic genus, Sericotes, on basis of more naked tarsi, rounded tail and different coloration. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • E. h. holosericeus (Linnaeus, 1758) – E Puerto Rico, Virgin Is and Lesser Antilles (except Grenada).
  • E. h. chlorolaemus (Gould, 1857) – Grenada.
  • Descriptive notes

    11–12·5 cm; male 5·6–7·8 g, female 5–6·1 g. Male has medium-sized bill, slightly decurved, black. Upperparts metallic bronzy-... read more


    Calls include a short “tsip” and sharp “chewp”, repeated rapidly when agitated.


    Open secondary vegetation, coastal stands of Coccoloba (seagrape), cultivated areas, parks... read more

    Food and feeding

    Nectar of flowers of shrubs and small trees 1–4 m in height, e.g. Leonotis neptifolia (Labiatae). Occasionally territorial... read more


    Season Feb–May. Compact cup-shaped nest is build at 1–4 m on the periphery of trees and bushes. Nest is placed in a saddle-like... read more


    Individuals disperse in Jun–Sept to forest borders at higher altitudes at c. 800–1000 m.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands EBA and Lesser Antilles EBA. Common resident.... read more

    Recommended citation

    Schuchmann, K.L., Boesman, P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Green-throated Carib (Eulampis holosericeus). 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 27 January 2020).