Plain bellied Emerald (Amazilia leucogaster)

Plain-bellied Emerald

[order] Apodiformes | [family] Trochilidae | [latin] Amazilia leucogaster | [UK] Plain-bellied Emerald | [FR] Ariane vert-dore | [DE] Hellbauchamazilie | [ES] Diamante ventriblanco | [IT] Amazilia ventrechiaro | [NL] Gmelins amazilia


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Amazilia leucogaster SA ne, e
Amazilia leucogaster bahiae e Brazil
Amazilia leucogaster leucogaster e Venezuela, the Guianas and ne Brazil

Physical charateristics

Upperparts shiny golden green, belly white. The flanks are green, central tail feathers bronze green, outer tail feathers are blue-black . Slighty decurved bill is black except for base of lower mandible which is flesh colored. Legs black. The sexes are alike.

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wingspan min.: 0 cm wingspan max.: 0 cm
size min.: 9 cm size max.: 10 cm
incubation min.: 14 days incubation max.: 15 days
fledging min.: 20 days fledging max.: 25 days
broods: 0   eggs min.: 1  
      eggs max.: 3  


It is found in Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, and Venezuela mostly at sea level.


Found subtropical or tropical dry forests, mangrove forests, and heavily degraded former forest. Also plantations, parks and gardens. In Suriname confined to the coastal plane mangroves and plantatons, never seen further inland.


The nest is a small cup built on a horizontal branch made of plant wool and leaves. It is mostly built low above water. Clutch size is 2 eggs incubated by female lasting 20-25 days.

Feeding habits

Their food is nectar, taken from a variety of shrub and low tree flowers, and some small invertebrates which are caught by hawking.


This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 260,000 km2. The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population size criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e., less than 10,000 mature individuals in conjunction with appropriate decline rates and subpopulation qualifiers). Global population trends have not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e., declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Plain-bellied Emerald status Least Concern


Some post breeding dispersal

Distribution map

Plain-bellied Emerald range map


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