Endangered Hummingbirds List

Hummingbirds are the world's second largest family of birds with an estimated 338 species. Despite the fact that they are found only in the New World (North, South, and Central America; and islands of the Caribbean), they are a familiar subject around the globe. Yet few in the world are aware that thirty-four (37) species, or nearly ten per cent, are threatened with extinction, according to an analysis by BirdLife International. Details on these are posted below.

Latin Name(s)
Countries
Found
Population
Range (Est.)
English Name(s)
Spanish Name(s)

Critically Endangered; 50% Chance of Extinction within ten years

Eriocnemis isabellae
Colombia
Unknown
Gorgeted Puffleg
Coeligena orina
Colombia
50-249
Dusky Starfrontlet
Lepidopyga lilliae
Colombia
250-999
Sapphire-bellied Hummingbird
Colibrí Ventrizafiro
Lophornis brachylophus
Mexico
1,000-2,499
Short-crested Coquette
Coquetta de Guerrero
Sephanoides fernandensis
Juan Fernández Islands (Chile)
1700-2000
Juan Fernández Firecrown
Colibrí de Juan Fernández
Eriocnemis nigrivestis
Ecuador
140-180
Black-breasted Puffleg
Calzadito Pechinegro
Eriocnemis godini
Ecuador, Colombia
1-49
Turquoise-throated Puffleg
Calzadito Turquesa
Eriocnemis mirabilis
Colombia

250-999

Colourful Puffleg
Calzadito Admirable

Endangered; 20% Chance of Extinction within 20 years

Aglaiocercus berlepschi
Venezuela
1,500-7,000
Venezuelan Sylph
Silfo de Berlepsch
Ramphomicron dorsale
Colombia
Unknown
Black-backed Thornbill
Colibrí Piquicorto Dorsinegro
Campylopterus phainopeplus
Colombia
1500-7000
Santa Marta Sabrewing
Colibrí de Santa Marta
Amazilia boucardi (Polyerata boucardi)
Costa Rica
1500-7000
Mangrove Hummingbird
Amazilia de Manglar
Eupherusa cyanophrys
Mexico
600-1700
Blue-capped Hummingbird
Colibrí Oaxaque
Amazilia luciae (Polyerata luciae)
Honduras
250-999
Honduran Emerald
Amazilia Hondureña
Aglaeactis aliciae
Peru
1000-2499
Purple-backed Sunbeam
Colibrí de Alicia
Amazilia castaneiventris
Colombia
600-1700
Chestnut-bellied Hummingbird
Amazilia Ventricastaña
Heliangelus regalis
Peru
2,500-9999
Royal Sunangel
Colibrí Real
Metallura baroni
Ecuador
600-1700
Violet-throated Metaltail
Metalura de Azuay
Taphrolesbia griseiventris
Peru
250-999
Grey-bellied Comet
Colibrí Ventrigrís
Hylonympha macrocerca
Venezuela
6000-15000
Scissor-tailed Hummingbird
Colibrí Tijereta
Loddigesia mirabilis
Peru
250-999
Marvellous Spatuletail
Colibrí Admirable
Eulidia yarrellii (Myrtis yarrellii)
Peru
350
Chilean Woodstar
Colibrí de Arica
Selasphorus ardens
Panama
250-999
Glow-throated Hummingbird
Colibrí Ardiente
Chaetocercus berlepschi
Ecuador
250-999
Esmeraldas Woodstar
Colibrí de Esmeraldas
Metallura iracunda
Colombia, Venezuela
unknown
Perijá Metaltail
Metalura Iracunda
Glaucis dohrnii
Brazil
250-999
Hook-billed Hermit
Ermitaño de Espírito Santo

Vulnerable; 10% Chance of Extinction within 100 years

Thalurania ridgwayi
Mexico
6000-15000
Mexican Woodnymph
Zafiro Mexicano
Eupherusa poliocerca
Mexico
6000-15000
White-tailed Hummingbird
Colibrí de Guerrero
Anthocephala floriceps
Colombia
1500-7000
Blossomcrown
Colibrí Florido
Coeligena prunellei
Colombia
2500-9999
Black Inca
Inca Negro
Chaetocercus bombus
Peru, Ecuador, Colombia
2,500-9999
Little Woodstar
Colibrí Abejorro
Heliodoxa gularis
Peru, Ecuador, Colombia
Unknown
Pink-throated Brilliant
Brillante Gorgirrosado
Lophornis gouldii
Brazil, Bolivia
Unknown
Dot-eared Coquette
Coqueta Moteada
Phlogophilus hemileucurus
Peru, Ecuador, Columbia
Unknown
Ecuadorian Piedtail
Colibri Colipinto Ecuatoriano

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