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 RedList 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.

BirdLife International. 2016. Chlorostilbon elegans. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T22728709A94994346. Accessed on 30 June 2022.

Brooks, T. 2000. Extinct species. In: BirdLife International (ed.), Threatened Birds of the World, pp. 701-708. Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, Barcelona and Cambridge, U.K.

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N.J., Christie, D.A., Elliott, A. and Fishpool, L.D.C. 2014. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Volume 1: Non-passerines. Lynx Edicions BirdLife International, Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge, UK.

Tyrberg, Tommy. (2009). Holocene avian extinctions, pp. 63-106. In: Turvey, Samuel T. (ed.). Holocene Extinctions. Oxford, UK & New York, USA: Oxford University Press. xii + 352 pp.

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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