Chlorostilbon elegans (Gould, 1860:307)

Gould's emerald, Elegant emerald, Caribbean emerald



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Erythronota elegans Gould, 1860:307 (original combination); Chlorostilbon bracei elegans (Gould, 1860:307)


Conservation Status


Last record: 1860 or before

IUCN status: Extinct



Probably comes from the Caribbean, but the exact area is not known.


Biology & Ecology




Only known from the holotype.






Original scientific description:

Gould, John. (1860). Descriptions of twenty-two new species of Humming-birds. Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond. 28: 304-312.

Other references:

BirdLife International. (2012). Chlorostilbon elegans. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. ( Downloaded on 23 August 2013.

Weller, A. A. (1999). On types of trochilids in The Natural History Museum, Tring II. Re-evaluation of Erythronota (?) elegans Gould 1860: a presumed extinct species of the genus Chlorostilbon. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 119(3): 197-202.


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