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Cuban Emerald - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by kenneth plows
Cuba, August 2005
Riccordia ricordii

Chlorostilbon ricordii


Photo © by sungrebe
Rand Nature Center, Grand Bahama Island, November 2002

3.5-4in (9-10.5cm)
A medium sized hummingbird with a long forked tail.
Male: all green, with white undertail coverts
Female: white chin, throat and breast


Cuba, Isle of Pines, Grand Bahama, Great Abaco and Andros


This is a monotypic species.[1]
This species is closely related to the extinct Brace's Emerald and it seems they have in the past been considered the same species.


Photo © by Dave 2x
Cuba, March 2011

Found in a variety of habitats from the coast to mid-elevations, but more common on cays.



Breeds year-round.


Voice: a short, squeaky twitter.


  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/

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