Hummingbirds found in Honduras


Close to fifty hummingbird species make their home in the Central American country of Honduras. They are most commonly found close to their favorite nectar-rich feeding plants, such as Salvia wildflowers, flowering bromeliad and Justicia species, mistletoe flowers, passionflowers, Opunita (cacti), convolvulaceae (vines), Inga trees (guama), Heliconia, cashew nut trees, Canna flowers and banana flowers.

Hummingbirds found in the USA (by U.S. State)CanadaMexicoPuerto RicoJamaicaHonduras

Honduran Emerald, Polyerata luciaeEndemic and critically endangered

Canivet’s or Fork-tailed Emerald, Chlorostilbon canivetii

Salvin’s Emerald, Chlorostilbon (mellisugus/canivetii) salvini – Similar to Canivet’s Emerald, except the inner tail feathers are tipped dark sooty grey and narrower, or grey tips entirely missing.

White-bellied Emerald, Agyrtria candida

Emerald-chinned Hummingbird, Abeillia abeillei – Rare. Only reported at Cerro Negro in Copan and at the Santa Barbara National Park.

Emerald-chinned Hummingbird
Canivet's Emeralds (Chlorostilbon canivetii) - also known as Fork-tailed Emeralds
Canivet's or Fork-tailed Emerald (Chlorostilbon canivetii) - Female
Male Salvin's Emerald
White-Bellied Emerald (Amazilia candida)

Bronzy Hermit, Glaucis aenea

Long-billed Hermit or Western Long-tailed Hermit, Phaethornis longirostris

Stripe-throated Hermit Phaethornis striigularis

Band-tailed Barbthroat, Threnetes ruckeri

Bronzy Hermit (Glaucis aeneus)
Long-billed Hermit (Phaethornis longirostris)
Stripe-throated Hermit
Long-billed Hermit (Phaethornis longirostris)

Scaly-breasted Hummingbird, Phaeochroa cuvierii

White-eared Hummingbird, Hylocharis leucotis – One of most common species found at higher elevations, particularly in southwestern Honduras.

Garnet-throated Hummingbird, Lamprolaima rhami – Restricted to higher elevations – mostly above 5,000 feet or 1,500m. They are found at Cerro Azul Meambar National Park, Marcala and at El Guisayote Biological Reserve.

Blue-throated Sapphire or Blue-Throated Goldentail, Hylocharis eliciae

Stripe-tailed Hummingbird, Eupherusa eximia – Identified by the conspicuous brown upper wing patch. Found in the pre-montane and lower montane forests throughout Honduras.

Garnet-throated Hummingbird
Scaly-breasted Hummingbird (Phaeochroa cuvierii)
White-eared Hummingbirds
Blue-throated Goldentail
Stripe-tailed Hummingbird

Wedge-tailed Sabrewing, Campylopterus curvipennis

Violet Sabrewing, Campylopterus hemileucurus

Violet-crowned Woodnymph, Thalurania colombica

Wedge-tailed Sabrewing (Campylopterus curvipennis)
Violet Sabrewing
Violet-crowned Woodnymph

White-necked Jacobin, Florisuga mellivora

Brown Violet-ear, Colibri delphinae

Green Violet-ear, Colibri thalassinus – Found throughout the highlands in open to semi-open areas.

Green-breasted Mangos, Anthracothorax prevostii

White-necked Jacobin
Brown Violet-ear (Colibri delphinae)
Green Violet-ear Hummingbird
Green-breasted Mango (Anthracothorax prevostii)

Violet-headed Hummingbird, Klais guimeti

Black-crested Coquette, Lophornis helenae

Violet-headed Hummingbird (Klais guimeti)
Black-crested Coquette (Lophornis helenae)

Rufous-tailed HummingbirdRufous-tailed Hummingbird, Amazilia tzacatl

Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Amazilia yucatanensis

Cinnamon Hummingbird, Amazilia rutila

Azure-crowned Hummingbird, Amazilia cyanocephala – This dominant hummingbird species is usually found in highland areas with pine or oak forests, humid broadleaf forest and the La Mosquitia pine savanna.

White-bellied Hummingbird, Amazilia chionogaster)

Blue-chested Hummingbirds, Polyerata amabilis / Amazilia amabilis – Southeastern Honduras

Blue-tailed Hummingbird, Saucerottia / Amazilia cyanura

Magnificent (Rivoli’s) Hummingbird, Eugenes fulgens

Buff-bellied Hummingbird
Cinnamon Hummingbird
blue-chested Hummingbird
Magnificent Hummingbird
Blue-tailed Hummingbird (Amazilia cyanura)

Plain-capped Starthroat Heliomaster constantii

Long-billed Starthroat Heliomaster longirostris

Plain-capped Starthroat (Heliomaster constantii)
Long-billed Star-throat

Purple-crowned Fairy , Heliothryx barroti

Berylline Hummingbird, Saucerottia beryllina

Snowcap Hummingbirds, Microchera albocoronata

Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer aka Red-footed Plumeleteer, Chalybura urochrysia

Purple-crowned Fairy  (Heliothryx barroti)
Bronze-tailed Plumeteer
snow-cap hummingbird
Berylline Hummingbird - Male

Male Purplethroated Mountain-gem

Purple-throated Mountain-gem, Lampornis calolaema

Green-throated Mountain-gem, Lampornis viridipallens – Fairly common above 3,300 feet (~ 1,000 meters). Sightings reported in the Celaque National Park and in the mountains around the town of Marcala in La Paz.

Green-breasted Mountain-gem, Lampornis sybillae – Found in the montane forests east of the Sula Valley to north-central Nicaragua.

Amethyst-throated Hummingbird, Lampornis amethystinus – Large hummingbird. Most common throughout the highlands of Honduras.

Sparkling-tailed Woodstar, Tilmatura dupontii, also known as the Sparkling-Tailed Hummingbird – This is the only hummingbird species where the males have blue throat patches (gorgets). They are also easily identified by the white collars around their necks and the long, checkered tails. They are most common in northern Nicaragua, specifically the highlands of Marcala, but they can also be found at scattered localities in Honduras.

Slender Sheartail, Doricha enicura

Wine-throated Hummingbird, Atthis ellioti Uncommon to locally common in the highlands of western Honduras.

Green-Throated Mountain-Gem (Lampornis viridipallens)
Female Purple-throated Mountain-gem
Green-throated Mountain-gem
Amethyst-throated Hummingbirds (Lampornis amethystinus) - Male and Female
Sparkling-tailed Woodstar

Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Archilochus colubris – Rare. Migrating males are usually the first to arrive and the first to depart. The females and the young usually follow about two weeks later.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)

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Gordon Ramel

Gordon is an ecologist with two degrees from Exeter University. He's also a teacher, a poet and the owner of 1,152 books. Oh - and he wrote this website.

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