The Recently Extinct Plants and Animals Database


Amazilia alfaroana


Species Authority
Underwood, 1896
Saucerottia alfaroana, Underwood 1896; Amazilia cyanifrons alfaroana Underwood, 1896; Amazilia cyanifrons (Bourcier, 1843) [pro parte]
Common Name
Alfaro's hummingbird, Indigo-capped hummingbird, Miravalles hummingbird, Guanacaste hummingbird
Miravalles Volcano, Costa Rica
Last Record
1895 (Underwood, 1896)
IUCN status
[url=]Critically Endangered[/url]
TSE forum thread
Taxonomic Notes
Only known from the holotype.
[b]Original Scientific Description:[/b]
Underwood, C. F. (1896) A List of Birds Collected or Observed on the Lower, Southern, And South-western Slopes of the Volcano of Miravalles and on the Lower Lands Extending to Bagaces in Costa Rica, With a Few Observations on Their Habits. Ibis 38: 431-451. [volume 2(7)?]
[b]Species Bibliography:[/b]
BirdLife International. 2017. Amazilia alfaroana. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T119194112A119196362. Downloaded on 16 December 2017.
del Hoyo, J.; Collar, N. J. 2014. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Volume 1: Non-passerines. Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge, UK.
Kirwan, Guy M. and Collar, Nigel J. (2016). The ‘foremost ornithological mystery of Costa Rica’: [i]Amazilia alfaroana[/i] Underwood, 1896. Zootaxa 4189(2): 244-250. [[url=]Abstract[/url]]
Stiles, F. G. and Skutch, A. F. (1989). A Guide to the Birds of Costa Rica. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY.
Weller, A. A. (2001). On types of trochilids in the Natural History Museum, Tring III. Amazilia alfaroana Underwood (1896), with notes on biogeography and geographical variation in the Saucerottia saucerrottei superspecies. Bulletin B.O.C. 121(2): 98-107.