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Blue-tailed Hummingbird Amazilia cyanura

Marîa del Coro Arizmendi, Claudia I. Rodríguez-Flores, Carlos A. Soberanes-González, and Thomas S. Schulenberg
Version: 1.0 — Published October 25, 2013


Distribution in the Americas

Blue-tailed Hummingbird occurs in three disjunct populations. It occurs on the Pacific slope of southern Chiapas (Mexico) and Guatemala (Land 1970, Howell and Webb 1995); in El Salvador (where inexplicably scarce; Thurber et al. 1987), Honduras, and northern Nicaragua (Dickey and van Rossem 1938, Monroe 1968, Martínez-Sánchez and Will 2010); and in northern Costa Rica. The status of Blue-tailed Hummingbird in Costa Rica is confused. Stiles and Skutch (1989) considered it to be a vagrant ("accidental") in Costa Rica, from which region they reported only a single specimen and a sight record; but Weller (1999) accepted the poorly known subspecies impatiens, from Costa Rica, as a valid taxon, implying the existence of (small?) population there.

The elevational range of Blue-tailed Hummingbird is from 100-1800 in Mexico and Guatemala, but from near sea level up to only 1200 m in El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua (Howell and Webb 1995).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


Blue-tailed Hummingbird occurs in secondary forest, at forest edge, in plantations, scrub, and clearings (Howell and Webb 1995, Parker et al. 1996).

Historical changes

None reported.

Fossil history

None reported.

Distribution of the Blue-tailed Hummingbird - Range Map
  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Blue-tailed Hummingbird

Recommended Citation

Arizmendi, M. d. C., C. I. Rodríguez-Flores, C. A. Soberanes-González, and T. S. Schulenberg (2013). Blue-tailed Hummingbird (Amazilia cyanura), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.blthum1.01