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Green-breasted Mango - BirdForum Opus

Photo by scottishdude
Rancho Naturalista, Costa Rica, March 2011
Anthracothorax prevostii


11–12 cm
Adult male: mostly green, maroon tail, black stripe with blue borders from throat through central breast.
Females differ in having white around the black stripe on underside, and in having white tip and a black subterminal band to tail.
Juvenile as female but with rufous between green and white on undersides.

Photo by Marian Alvarez
Rancho Naturalista, Costa Rica, August, 2006

Similar species

Replaced in Panama (Pacific side) by Veraguan Mango which differs by the central stripe being greenish-blue, not black.


Central America and South America
Central America: Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and northwest Panama.
South America: Colombia, Venezuela Seen as vagrant in the USA.


Veraguan Mango has been split from this species

Female, notice the pattern of tail is different from male
Photo by zerb21
Guanacaste, Costa Rica


There are 5 subspecies[1]:

  • A. p. prevostii :
  • A. p. gracilirostris:
  • A. p. hendersoni (pinchoti):
  • Isla Providéncia and Isla San Andrés (off east Nicaragua)
  • A. p. viridicordatus:

The subspecies iridescens was recently transferred to Black-throated Mango.


Midland forest and forest edges, banana and aloe vera plantations; open country, pasture.



Feeds on nectar and comes to feeders; will probably also catch insects as other Mango's.


  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. Ridgely & Gwynne 1989. Birds of Panama. Princeton Paperbacks. ISBN 0691025126
  5. Garrigues and Dean 2007. The birds of Costa Rica - a field guide. Cornell University Press. ISBN 978-0-8014-7373-9

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