White-chested Emerald (Agyrtria brevirostris)

White-chested Emerald

[order] APODIFORMES | [family] Trochilidae | [latin] Agyrtria brevirostris | [UK] White-chested Emerald | [FR] Ariane a poitrine blanche | [DE] Schneebrustamazilie | [ES] Amazilia Pechiblanca | [NL] Witborstamazilia


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Amazilia brevirostris SA n
Amazilia brevirostris brevirostris e Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and nc Brazil
Amazilia brevirostris chionopectus Trinidad
Amazilia brevirostris orienticola coastal French Guiana

Physical charateristics

The White-chested Emerald is 8.9 cm long and weighs 4.7 g. The black bill is straight and fairly long, at nearly 2 cm. It has bright golden-green upperparts, becoming bronze on the tail, white underparts, and its flanks are green, or white spotted with green. The tail is tipped with purple-black. The sexes are similar.

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South America : North


Inhabits rainforest, semi-deciduous forest, gallery forest, second growth, scrub and savanna. On trinidad found in open valleys.


The female lays her eggs in a small cup nest made of plant fibre and placed on a horizontal tree branch. Clutch size 2 eggs incubated by female. Young fledge after about 20 days.

Feeding habits

White-chested Emeralds feed on nectar, usually taken from the flowers of large trees, but sometimes from smaller plants such as Heliconia.


This species has a very large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend is not known, but the population is not believed to be decreasing sufficiently rapidly to approach the thresholds under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
White-chested Emerald status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range

Distribution map

White-chested Emerald distribution range map

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