Agyrtria luciæ

Lucy’s Emerald

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This species, of which we have never seen specimens, is placed by Mr. Elliot in close proximity to the foregoing, but is distinguished by its throat, which is glittering bluish green, and by the colour of the tail, which is bronzy green, the lateral feathers with a subterminal bar of purplish bronze, the tips being ashy grey.

It is an inhabitant of Honduras, and the following is Mr. Lawrence’s description:—

Upper plumage dull bronzy dark green, the crown duller; upper tail-coverts a lighter bronzy green, somewhat golden; tail-feathers dull bronzy green, all except the two central ones broadly marked near their ends with dark purplish bronze, the tips being ashy grey; the throat and breast are glittering bluish green, the middle of the abdomen white; wivgs brownish purple. Upper mandible black, the under one yellow with the tip blackish; feet black. Length 3\(\frac{3}{4}\) inches, wing 2\(\frac{1}{8}\), tail 1\(\frac{3}{8}\), bill \(\frac{13}{16}\).

[R. B. S.]


  • Thaumatias luciæ, Lawrence, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philad. 1867, p. 233.—Mulsant, Hist. Nat. Ois.-Mouches, i. p. 241 (1874).—Elliot, Ibis, 1878, p. 52.
  • Agyrtria luciæ, Elliot, Synopsis of the Humming-Birds, p. 280 (1878).
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