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Guanacaste Hummingbird

Central America

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Amazilia alfaroana

Endangered

Recent forest loss at this locality has been minimal and so any potential remaining population is suspected to be stable, but there remains the likelihood that the species did suffer as a result of habitat loss in the past.

This species has recently been recognised as a valid taxon on the basis of a reanalysis of the sole specimen by Kirwan and Collar. It is known only from the Volcán de Miravalles in Costa Rica, but it has not been recorded since the holotype was taken in 1895. There have been some further visits to the Volcán de Miravalles that have not been successful in finding the species, but it is not certain how targeted or intensive these were.

The precise elevation at which the holotype was taken is uncertain, but it has been suggested that it was most likely taken in forest between 600-650 m. Recent forest loss at this locality has been minimal and so any potential remaining population is suspected to be stable, but there remains the likelihood that the species did suffer as a result of habitat loss in the past.