Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)


Mangrove Hummingbird (Amazilia boucardi)


French: Ariane de Boucard German: Mangrovenamazilie Spanish: Amazilia de manglar

Arena Boucardi


, 1877,

Puntarenas, Costa Rica


Sometimes placed in genus Polyerata or Agyrtria; alternatively, has been placed in genus Lepidopyga. Closely related to A. luciae. Monotypic.


Pacific coast of Costa Rica from Tamarindo area and Gulf of Nicoya to Golfo Dulce.

Descriptive notes

10–11 cm; 4·5 g. Male has slightly decurved, medium-sized bill, upper mandible blackish, lower reddish, distally dusky grey; upperparts and flanks golden to... read more


Presumed song is a repeated thin, slightly buzzy, phrase “tsee-tzew-tzew-tzew-tzew-tzew”. Calls... read more


Chiefly mangroves with extensive stands of Pacific mangrove (Pelliciera rhizophorae), and... read more

Food and feeding

Nectar of various native and introduced plants; in addition to Pelliciera, visits adjoining vegetation including trees like ... read more


Oct–Feb. Nest has form of a small cup; consists of balsa floss, plant down, cobweb, with lichens on outside wall; usually placed on... read more



Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in South Central American Pacific Slope EBA. Uncommon and rather patchily distributed; total population unlikely to... read more

Recommended citation

Weller, A.A., de Juana, E., Boesman, P. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Mangrove Hummingbird (Amazilia boucardi). 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 3 April 2020).