Local subspecies: Chlorostilbon lucidus pucherani, distributed in E Brazil, including Ceará. RPPN Mãe-da-lua.
Figure 1. The Glittering-bellied Emerald is one of the most common hummingbirds in our region, and I often see it around my house. The bird on the photo entered my car through an open window, and could not find the way out by itself. I carefully caught it, and took a few pictures, before I released it.
The race pucherani is illustrated in Grantsau 1988, Tafel 22, and Bündgen 1999, HBW 5, plate 53. Even with a detailed photo, like the one above, I found it impossible to confirm that our local subspecies is really pucherani. It could as well be the nominate subspecies, for example.
The subadults of Chlorostilbon lucidus resemble adult females, but have black bills, according to Grantsau 1988, p. 81. Based on this, the individual on the photo is probably an adult female.To top of page
Figure 2. Another Chlorostilbon lucidus, probably also an adult female.To top of page