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Black-throated Mango - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Steve G
Asa Wright Nature Centre, Trinidad, May 2006
Anthracothorax nigricollis


11–12 cm (4¼-4¾ in)

  • Shiny bright green upperparts
  • Matt black throat and chest bordered with blue-green
  • Bright green flanks
  • Black chest tapers onto belly
Photo by Pitter
Cali-Valle, Colombia, February 2009
  • Tail: dark central feathers; outer tail wine-red tipped black
  • Long black decurved bill


  • Bronze-green upperparts
  • White underparts with black central stripe

Immature: Tips of feathers on the head and wings are grey or buff. The area around the eyes is brown.

Similar Species

Green-breasted Mango


Photo by Dave_B_Smith
Yerette, Trinidad, April 2011

Central and South America
Central America: Panama,
South America: Colombia, Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, north-eastern Argentina



Two subspecies are recognized[1].

  • A. n. nigricollis:
  • A. n. iridescens:
  • Western Ecuador and extreme north-western Peru (Tumbes)

Subspecies iridescens has previously been placed in Green-breasted Mango.


Rain forest, second growth forest and gardens; observed at heights between 1100 and 1700 meters.



The diet includes nectar and insects.


It builds a tiny cup nest from seed down, covered on the outside with lichen. The clutch consists of two white eggs which are incubated by the female for 16 or 17 days; fledging takes another 24 days.


Photo by martinuk
Puerto Iguazu, Misiones Province, Argentina, March 2016

Call: high-pitched tsiuck
Song: a buzzing hsl-hsl-hsl-hsl-hsl-hsl-hsl


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2022. IOC World Bird List (v 12.2) DRAFT. Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.12.2. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. Avibase
  4. Birdforum Member observations
  5. Wikipedia

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