The Green-breasted Mango
A Green-breasted Mango is a fun bird to see while bird watching. Below are some tips to help you identify Green-breasted Mangoes. We have also put together a list of fun Green-breasted Mango t-shirts, Green-breasted Mango bird patches, birdhouses, bird feeders, binoculars, stickers, and other fun bird-watching items.
About Green-breasted Mangos
The Green-breasted Mango is fairly a large bird that belongs to the hummingbird family and is native to tropical America. Their breeding grounds can be located in Central America including some near-shore islands to Costa Rica. Their numbers are not yet threatened but there is an act that has been in the pipeline since 2006 to protect the bird. The act has not yet been approved.
Description and Identification
Green-breasted Mangos can grow up to 4.3 – 4.8 inches in length, making them medium-
sized hummingbirds but relatively large when compared to their relatives. Adults exhibit high
degrees of sexual dimorphism, with males being slightly heavier than females. Adult males
have glossy green underparts with narrow matte black central areas on their throat and
chest. Their flanks are bright green, and the black of the chest extends onto the belly.
Females and juveniles have bronze-green upperparts and largely white underparts, with
dark central stripes that change from black at the chin to blue-green on the throat. The outer
tail feathers are also broadly banded with magenta and iridescent dark blue. Juveniles
usually show some gray or buff feathers edges on the head and wings that are mottled with
cinnamon along the edges of the white breast-to-belly stripes.
Green-breasted Mango Color Pattern
The male Green-breasted Mango is a colorful bird with glossy green upper parts. They have a relatively narrow matte black central area in the throat and chest. This area is bordered with a blue-green sheen while its flanks are bright green.
The female and immature birds have a bronze-green upper part and white underbellies with a dark central stripe that changes from black on the chin to blue-green on the throat.
Green-breasted Mango Size
Compared to other types of birds in the hummingbird category, they are considered as medium-sized birds. Their length is 11-12cm and an average bodyweight of 7.2g for males and 6.3g for females.
Green-breasted Mango Behavior
The Green-breasted Mango flaps its wings rapidly to maintain static position mid-air, especially when feeding on nectar from flowers. It forages from the midstory to canopies and often perches in exposed sites, for instance, tall bare branches and twigs. They sing from the tall height and flash their tail open when feeding on nectar.
Green-breasted Mangos are not territorial birds but will chase away conspecifics when nesting and feeding their young.
Green-breasted Mango Food
These birds primarily feed on nectar taken from a variety of flowers, herbs, shrubs, and
epiphytes. They favor flowers with high sugar content and seek out areas containing those
flowers actively. These generally include flowers of large trees like Inga, Erythrina, Ceiba,
and Kapok. They also feed on red, tubular flowers that are otherwise inaccessible to other
pollinating agents like bees and butterflies. In urban areas, they are often spotted at birdbaths and feeding stations sipping on water. They also feed on small spiders and insects like bumblebees and moths during the breeding season to supply themselves and their young with sufficient protein.
They feed on nectar and insects and their prey in the case of insects is normally taken midair. They may also feed on sugar-water mixtures from hummingbird feeders in suburban locations.
Green-breasted Mango Habitat
This species inhabits tropical deciduous forests, gravitating towards open landscapes with
scattered large trees, orchards, gardens, and cultivated areas. They are found in zones that
have an elevation up to 3,300 feet, with their distribution often being localized. They require
warm and slightly humid climates for survival, which leads them to maintain a partially
migratory lifestyle despite breeding in semi-tropical and tropical areas during summers.
They primarily occur in open lowland habitats including forest edges, savannas, gardens, and parks.
Range and Migration
Green-breasted Mangos are mid-sized hummingbirds widespread along the American
tropics. These hummingbirds are partially migratory and are found breeding from eastern
and southern Mexico through Central America, including islands dispersed along the Atlantic
Ocean close to the shore. There are multiple subspecies that occur along the northern
coasts of South America from extreme north-eastern Colombia through most of northern
Venezuela and south-western Colombia and Ecuador. Their movements are poorly
understood by ornithologists, but it is presumed that these birds used to travel longer
distances when South America’s climate was warmer and drier. They currently travel short
distances around the general vicinities of their areas for food sources, a trend that is
presumably relatively recent.
Green-breasted Mango Life Cycle
The female lays 2 eggs and incubates them for 16-17 days before the eggs hatch. The young are nested for another 24 days before they can take on their first flight. They have a lifespan of about 3-4 years.
Green-breasted Mango Nesting
Green-breasted Mangoes are solitary birds that neither live nor migrate in flocks. Apart from
the actual process of mating, males play no role in the lives of the nestlings. Nesting sites
are selected at high, thin, horizontal, and bare branches about 7 feet above the ground, or in
protected brushes and shrubs. Females build the tiny cup-shaped nest out of plant fibers
that are woven together with green mosses. The interiors are then lined with soft plant fibers,
animal hair, and down feathers. The structure may also be strengthened with spiderwebs
and other sticky materials that give it an elastic quality that allows it to stretch as the chicks
grow. An average clutch usually consists of 2 eggs.
Bird Watching Academy & Camp Subscription Boxes
At Bird Watching Academy & Camp we help kids, youth, and adults get excited and involved in bird watching. We have several monthly subscription boxes that you can subscribe to. Our monthly subscription boxes help kids, youth, and adults learn about birds, bird watching, and bird conservation.
Bird Watching Binoculars for Identifying Green-breasted Mangos
The most common types of bird-watching binoculars for viewing Green-breasted Mangos are 8×21 binoculars and 10×42 binoculars. Bird Watching Academy & Camp sells really nice 8×21 binoculars and 10×42 binoculars. You can view and purchase them here.
Green-breasted Mango T-shirts
If you love the Green-breasted Mango you should purchase a Bird Watching Academy & Camp T-shirt. To help support bird conservation we donate 10 percent to bird conservation activities.
Green-breasted Mango Iron On Patches
Kids, Youth, and Adults love to collect our Bird Watching Academy & Camp iron-on patches. Our bird-watching patches help you keep track of the birds you have seen and identified. You can also display the patches on our Bird Watching Academy & Camp banners.
The Green-breasted Mango is a great iron on patch to start your collection with. The patches are durable and can be sewn on or ironed on to just about anything.
Green-breasted Mango Stickers
Stickers are a great way for you to display your love for bird watching and the Green-breasted Mango. We sell a monthly subscription sticker pack. The sticker packs have 12 bird stickers. These sticker packs will help your kids learn new birds every month.
Bird Feeders for Green-breasted Mangos
There are many types of bird feeders. Here are our favorite bird feeders for your backyard. We use all of these bird feeders currently. Kids will have a great time watching birds eat at these bird feeders. Using this collection of bird feeders will provide a wide variety and many types of birds.
Best Bird Houses for Green-breasted Mangos
There are many types of birdhouses. Building a birdhouse is always fun but can be frustrating. These 4 birdhouses have become our favorites. Getting a birdhouse for kids to watch birds grow is always fun. We spent a little extra money on these birdhouses but they have been worth the higher price and look great.