Checklist of Hummingbirds of

The following 9 species of hummingbirds have been reported from Puerto Rico; most species are rare or accidental, and two are endemic.

Taxonomy is after Clements 5th edition (updated 2004).

Click on the word "PHOTOS" below for illustrations of selected hummingbird species.(NOTE: If you have a clear photo of any of the species below and would like to submit it for posting on this Operation RubyThroat Web site, please send it via E-mail to PROJECTS with photographer's name, date & location of photo, and anecdotal info about the bird.)

  1. Green-breasted Mango, Anthracothorax prevostii (Rare or Accidental)--PHOTOS
  2. Antillean Mango, Anthracothorax dominicus
  3. Green Mango, Anthracothorax viridis (Endemic)
  4. Purple-throated Carib, Eulampis jugularis (Rare or Accidental)
  5. Green-throated Carib, Eulampis holosericeus
  6. Antillean Crested Hummingbird, Orthorhyncus cristatus
  7. Puerto Rican Emerald, Chlorostilbon maugaeus (Endemic)
  8. Vervain Hummingbird, Mellisuga minima (Rare or Accidental)
  9. Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Archilochus colubris (Rare or Accidental)--PHOTOS

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NOTE: Although Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are the primary focus of "Operation RubyThroat: The Hummingbird Project", we are also interested in other hummingbird species--especially vagrants that appear in winter (mid-October through mid-March) in the eastern U.S. If you know of a wintering hummingbird east of the Mississippi, please report it to the Research Department at Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History. We will contact a local hummingbird bander about capturing the bird, identifying and banding it, and releasing it unharmed.

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