Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)


Honduran Emerald (Amazilia luciae)


French: Ariane de Lucy German: Hondurasamazilie Spanish: Amazilia hondureña

Thaumatias Luciæ


, 1868,



Sometimes placed in genus Polyerata or Agyrtria. Closely related to A. boucardi. Monotypic.


Arid interior valleys of N & C Honduras.

Descriptive notes

9–10 cm. Male has straight, medium-sized bill, maxilla blackish, mandible reddish, distally dusky; upperparts golden-green, towards tail-coverts more bronze; throat and... read more


Presumed song is a series of repeated, very faint, cricket-like “tsee” notes. Calls include dry “... read more


Inhabits open-canopied deciduous thorn forests and closed-canopied semi-deciduous woodland, from 75... read more

Food and feeding

Perches and feeds in low to fairly high strata, at 0·5–10 m above ground. Forages for nectar at various flowering plants, such... read more


Birds in breeding condition observed in June; nesting unknown. Clutch two white eggs; incubation by female; no data exist on incubation and... read more


No information available.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. CITES II. One of the most localized and threatened hummingbirds. Until its rediscovery in 1988, biology and status were almost unknown, and the taxon was even... read more

Recommended citation

Weller, A.A., Boesman, P. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Honduran Emerald (Amazilia luciae). 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 25 February 2020).