Sapphire-spangled Emerald

Sapphire-spangled Emerald
Sapphire-spangled Emerald
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Apodiformes
Family: Trochilidae
Genus: Amazilia
Species: A. lactea
Binomial name
Amazilia lactea
(Lesson, 1829)

The Sapphire-spangled Emerald, Amazilia lactea, is a species of hummingbird that occurs in Venezuela, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil from the Amazon south to Santa Catarina; there are uncertain records from east Ecuador. Both male and female have a bright "sapphire" blue chest and chin and green-blue abdomen with a well-delineated white stripe. The bill is almost straight with a black upper mandible and pink lower mandible.[1] The Emerald is found in forest edges, mountainous regions and gardens in urban areas.

The species has an estimated range of 1,500,000 km², and while its population size is uncertain, it is believed to be large since it has been described as "frequent" in at least some parts of its range [2]. It is not considered to be in decline and has been therefore evaluated as Least concern.

It is depicted on the reverse side of the discontinued 1-Brazilian Real banknote.

Footnotes

  1. ^ "Arthur Grosset - Sapphire-spangled Emerald". http://www.arthurgrosset.com/sabirds/sapphire-spangledemerald.html. 
  2. ^ "IUCN Red List of Threatened Species - Amazilia Lactea". http://www.iucnredlist.org/search/details.php/48322/summ. 

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