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 5–5·5 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, cultivated areas, parks, semi-deciduous and rainforest at all elevations... read more

    Food and feeding

    Nectar of flowers of shrubs and small trees 1–4 m in height. Occasionally territorial at Lantana and Bryophyllum... read more


    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. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands EBA and Lesser Antilles EBA. Common resident. Particularly numerous... read more

    Recommended citation

    Schuchmann, K.L. & Boesman, P. (2017). 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 16 December 2017).