ABSTRACT

The Honduran Emerald (Amazilia luciae) is an endangered hummingbird, endemic to dry forest communities of Honduras. Limited information exists regarding the species' breeding ecology. In 2015, we sampled vegetation surrounding Honduran Emerald nests and an equal number of randomly selected available locations within dry forest fragments in the Agalta Valley, Honduras. We compared Honduran Emerald occupied nest sites and available nest sites through a multivariate analysis, paired t-tests, and Wilcoxon signed rank tests. We found that nest plant height at nest sites was lower than those random plants at available sites. Additionally, we identified 4 other vegetation characteristics that warrant inclusion in future research: nest plant stem diameter, shrub–sapling density, Opuntia hondurensis density, and cacti height from multiple species. Finally, we propose that future research should study the influence of fine- and site-level vegetation on Honduran Emerald nesting success.

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