Amazilia luciae (Lawrence, 1867)

Honduran emerald



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Agyrtria luciae (Lawrence, 1867)


Conservation Status

Last record: 1950

Rediscovered in 1988

IUCN status: Endangered


Rediscovered twice?















Original scientific description:

Lawrence, G. N. (1867). Descriptions of five new species of Central American birds. Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia 19: 232-234.

Other references:

Anderson, D. L., Bonta, M. and Thorn, P. (1998). New and noteworthy bird records from Honduras. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 118: 178-183.

Anderson, D. L., House, P., Hyman, R. E., Steiner, R., Hawkins, H. R., Thorn, S., Rey, M. J., Espinal, M. R. and Merineros, L. E. (2010). Rediscovery of the Honduran Emerald Amazilia luciae in western Honduras: insights on the distribution, ecology and conservation of a 'Critically Endangered' hummingbird. Bird Conservation International 20(3): 255-262.

Anderson, D. L. and Hyman, R. E. (2007). Honduran Emerald conservation expedition: protecting the Honduran Emerald Hummingbird and its habitat, February 14-27 2007.

Anonymous. (1964). List of rare birds, including those thought to be so but of which detailed information is still lacking. IUCN Bulletin 10(Special Supplement): 4 pp.

Anonymous. (2005). Honduran emerald. Bird Conservation: 13.

BirdLife International. (2016). Amazilia luciae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T22687529A93156708. Downloaded on 13 February 2017.

Collar, N. J.; Gonzaga, L. P.; Krabbe, N.; Madroño Nieto, A.; Naranjo, L. G.; Parker, T. A.; Wege, D. C. 1992. Threatened birds of the Americas: the ICBP/IUCN Red Data Book. International Council for Bird Preservation, Cambridge, U.K.

Howell, S. N. G. and Webb, S. (1989). Notes on the Honduran Emerald. Wilson Bulletin 101: 642-643.

Howell, S. N. G. and Webb, S. (1992). New and noteworthy bird records from Guatemala and Honduras. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 112: 42-49.

Howell, S. N. G. and Webb, S. (1995). A guide to the birds of Mexico and northern Central America. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Moore, R. T. (1938). Rediscovery of Agyrtria luciae (Lawrence). The Auk 55: 534.

Rodríguez, F., D. Escoto, T. Mejía-Ordóñez, L. Ferrufino-Acosta, S. Y. Cruz, J. E. Duchamp, and J. L. Larkin. (2019). Influence of microhabitat on Honduran Emerald (Amazilia luciae) abundance in tropical dry forest remnants. Avian Conservation and Ecology 14(1): 3.

Scott, Peter (ed.). (1965). Preliminary List of Rare Mammals and Birds, pp. 155-237. In: The Launching of a New Ark. First Report of the President and Trustees of the World Wildlife Fund. An International Foundation for saving the world's wildlife and wild places 1961-1964. London: Collins.

Weller, A.-A., Boesman, P. and Sharpe, C. J. (2015). Honduran Emerald (Amazilia luciae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. and de Juana, E. (eds), Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive, Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.


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