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White-tailed Hummingbird Eupherusa poliocerca

Marîa del Coro Arizmendi, Claudia I. Rodríguez-Flores, Carlos A. Soberanes-González, and Thomas S. Schulenberg
Version: 1.0 — Published June 28, 2013


Distribution in the Americas

White-tailed Hummingbird is endemic to Mexico. It is resident on the Pacific slope of southwestern Mexico in Guerrero and western Oaxaca (Friedmann 1950, Binford 1989, Collar et al. 1992, Howell and Webb 1995). The elevational range of this species is 800-2440 m (Collar et al. 1992, Howell and Webb 1995). There is a possibility that White-tailed Hummingbird only occurs seasonally at the lower elevations at which it is reported (Collar et al. 1992).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


White-tailed Hummingbird occupies humid montane forest and forest edge  and plantations, and also utilizes semideciduous forest and pine-oak forest (Binford 1989, Collar et al. 1992, Navarro 1992, Howell and Webb 1995). At one site it was reported as most common in "heavily vegetated humid canyons" (Collar et al. 1992). White-tailed Hummingbird apparently requires intact forest; it may use coffee plantations adjacent to forest, but does not occur in coffee grown under shade trees (Collar et al. 1992).

Historical changes

White-tailed Hummingbird has been eliminated from some regions in Guerrero as a result of habitat destruction (Collar et al. 1992); see Conservation Status.

Fossil history

None reported.

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

Recommended Citation

Arizmendi, M. d. C., C. I. Rodríguez-Flores, C. A. Soberanes-González, and T. S. Schulenberg (2013). White-tailed Hummingbird (Eupherusa poliocerca), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.whthum1.01