name = "Amazilia"

image_width = 220px
image_caption = Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, "Amazilia tzacatl"
regnum = Animalia
phylum = Chordata
classis = Aves
ordo = Apodiformes
familia = Trochilidae
genus = "Amazilia"
genus_authority = Lesson, 1843
subdivision_ranks = Species
subdivision = Some 5 or about 25-30 (see text)
synonyms ="Agyrtria"
(but see text)

"Amazilia" is a hummingbird genus in the subfamily Trochilinae. It occurs in tropical Central and South America.


Some of the species listed here are occasionally placed in the genera "Agyrtria", "Polyerata" and "Saucerottia". But most authorities, notably the SACC, do not accept the validity of these until more comprehensive studies are available, instead placing them all in "Amazilia"Remsen "et al." (2008)] . The IUCN and BirdLife International, after splitting up the genus "Amazilia" for some time, have followed the SACC's argument and treats these hummingbirds as a single genus until enough data is available for a thorough revision.

But regardless, the present arrangement is only temporary; it is generally recognized that "Amazilia" in the broad definition is overly inclusive and perhaps not even monophyletic, and that some species would be better moved to one or more distinct genera. However, the monophyly of the proposed additional genera is not conclusively established either.

Two additional species formerly included in "Amazilia" are usually included in "Leucippus" today as they are markedly distinct, but this placement requires confirmation. These are the White-bellied Hummingbird ("L. chionogaster") and the Green-and-white Hummingbird ("L. viridicauda").


"Amazilia sensu stricto"
* Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, "Amazilia tzacatl
** Escudo Hummingbird, "Amazilia (tzacatl) handleyi"
* Chestnut-bellied Hummingbird, "Amazilia castaneiventris"
* Amazilia Hummingbird, "Amazilia amazilia"
** Loja Hummingbird, "Amazilia (amazilia) alticola"
* Buff-bellied Hummingbird, "Amazilia yucatanensis"
* Cinnamon Hummingbird, "Amazilia rutila"

"Agyrtria" group
* Plain-bellied Emerald, "Amazilia leucogaster" or "Agyrtria leucogaster"
* Versicoloured Emerald, "Amazilia versicolor" or "Agyrtria versicolor"
** Blue-green Emerald or Rondonia Emerald, "Amazilia (versicolor) rondoniae" or "Agyrtria (versicolor) rondoniae"
* White-chested Emerald, "Amazilia candida" or "Agyrtria candida"
* White-bellied Emerald, "Amazilia brevirostris" or "Agyrtria brevirostris" - formerly "A. chionopectus"
* Andean Emerald, "Amazilia franciae" or "Agyrtria franciae"
* Azure-crowned Hummingbird, "Amazilia cyanocephala" or "Agyrtria cyanocephala"
** Mosquitia Hummingbird, "Amazilia (cyanocephala) chlorostephana" or "Agyrtria (cyanocephala) chlorostephana"
* Violet-crowned Hummingbird, "Amazilia violiceps" or "Agyrtria violiceps"
* Green-fronted Hummingbird, "Amazilia viridifrons" or "Agyrtria viridifrons"
** Cinnamon-sided Hummingbird, "Amazilia (viridifrons) wagneri" or "Agyrtria (viridifrons) wagneri"

"Polyerata" group
* Glittering-throated Emerald, "Amazilia fimbriata" or "Polyerata fimbriata"
* Sapphire-spangled Emerald, "Amazilia lactea" or "Polyerata lactea"
* Blue-chested Hummingbird, "Amazilia amabilis" or "Polyerata amabilis"
** Charming Hummingbird, "Amazilia (amabilis) decora" or "Polyerata (amabilis) decora"
* Purple-chested Hummingbird, "Amazilia rosenbergi" or "Polyerata rosenbergi"
* Mangrove Hummingbird, "Amazilia boucardi" or "Polyerata boucardi"
* Honduran Emerald, "Amazilia luciae" or "Polyerata luciae"

"Saucerottia" group
* Steely-vented Hummingbird, "Amazilia saucerrotei" or "Saucerottia saucerrottei"
** Blue-vented Hummingbird, "Amazilia (saucerrotei) sophiae" or "Saucerottia (saucerrottei) sophiae"
* Copper-rumped Hummingbird, "Amazilia tobaci" or "Saucerottia tobaci"
* Indigo-capped Hummingbird, "Amazilia cyanifrons" or "Saucerottia cyanifrons"
** Alfaro's Hummingbird or Miravalles Hummingbird, "Amazilia (cyanifrons) alfaroana" or "Saucerottia (cyanifrons) alfaroana" - probably extinct (c.1900)
* Snowy-breasted Hummingbird, "Amazilia edward" or "Saucerottia edward"
* Blue-tailed Hummingbird, "Amazilia cyanura" or "Saucerottia cyanura"
* Berylline Hummingbird, "Amazilia beryllina" or "Saucerottia beryllina"
* Green-bellied Hummingbird, "Amazilia viridigaster" or "Saucerottia viridigaster"
** Copper-tailed Hummingbird, "Amazilia (viridigaster) cupreicauda" or "Saucerottia (viridigaster) cupreicauda"



* (2008): "A classification of the bird species of South America" - [ Part 4. Apodiformes] . Version of 2008-MAY-21. Retrieved 2008-MAY-26.

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