The mangrove hummingbird (Amazilia boucardi) is an endangered species that can only be found in the mangrove forests of Costa Rica, making it one of only three true Costa Rican endemic birds. Habitat destruction is reducing and severely fragmenting the narrow range of this species, which is dependent on the nectar of the rare buttressed tea mangrove (Pelliciera rhizophora) that now only grows in a few areas in Central America. The construction of shrimp ponds, selective logging for charcoal and ever increasing coastal development are contributing to a steady decline in suitable habitat. The population of mangrove hummingbird was last estimated in 2008 at between 1,500 to 7,000 adult birds (see IUCN page). Its extreme locality and specification to a narrow and declining habitat make it one of the most endangered bird species in Central America.
I am currently working on a project to document the life of the mangrove hummingbird in tea mangrove forests on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. By partnering with with researchers and conservation groups I hope to use images of this beautiful and fragile species as part of an awareness campaign to promote the protection of mangrove forests.
If you are interested in this project or have any information about the mangrove hummingbird in Costa Rica please contact me:
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