Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Green-throated Carib (Eulampis holosericeus)


Taxonomy

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

Trochilus holosericeus

Linnaeus

, 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

    Voice

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

    Habitat

    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

    Breeding

    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

    Movements

    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. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/55412 on 20 November 2018).