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Cozumel Emerald - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Oregonian
Isla Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico, December 2000
Cynanthus forficatus

Chlorostilbon forficatus


The only hummingbird expected to occur on Cozumel that has a forked tail.


South-eastern Mexico (Cozumel Island and rarely Isla Mujeres).


This is a monotypic species[1], which has traditionally been part of the Fork-tailed Emerald complex together with Golden-crowned Emerald and Canivet's Emerald.


Shrubland, forests and gardens.


Not much is known except that food consists of nectar and (presumably) insects and that the species is expected to prefer to feed low to mid in the vegetation


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Howell, SNG and S Webb. 1995. A Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America. New York: Oxford Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0198540120
  3. Arizmendi, M. d. C., C. I. Rodríguez-Flores, C. A. Soberanes-González, and T. S. Schulenberg (2020). Cozumel Emerald (Chlorostilbon forficatus), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.cozeme1.01

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