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Photo © by costaricafinca
Guanacaste, Costa Rica, 2nd October 2008
Saucerottia hoffmanni

Amazilia hoffmanni
Amazilia sophiae


8-11 cm (3¼-4½ in) with a straight medium sized bill

  • Upperside golden green
  • Rump coppery with purplish sheen
  • Underside golden green
  • Vent area steel blue
  • Tail slightly forked with pale, steel blue feathers

Female similar with greyish-buff on edge of vent, some white on throat feathers, and purple tips to outer tail feathers.
Juvenile darker, duller.


Western Nicaragua to central Costa Rica.


Blue-vented Hummingbird has been split from Steely-vented Hummingbird.

This is a monotypic species[1].


Forest edge and shrubby areas including shrubby pastures, coffee plantations and gardens. Ranges from sea level to well into foothills.


Often territorial near preferred flowers.


Song is described as buzzy and squeaky


  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. Weller, A.A., P. F. D. Boesman, and H. F. Greeney (2020). Blue-vented Hummingbird (Amazilia hoffmanni), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (S. M. Billerman, B. K. Keeney, P. G. Rodewald, and T. S. Schulenberg, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.buvhum1.01

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