Short-tailed Emerald Chlorostilbon poortmani


Justification of Red List Category
This species has a very large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (extent of occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence does not approach the thresholds under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

Population justification
The global population size has not been quantified, but this species is described as common to fairly common (Bündgen et al. 2020).

Trend justification
Vast areas of pristine forests remain across the species' range (Global Forest Watch 2022). Although the species is forest-dependent, it readily accepts man-made habitats such as plantations, parks and gardens where stands of shrubs and trees are found (Bündgen et al. 2020). Therefore, in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats, the population is suspected to be stable.


The species occurs in humid forests, forest edges, open woodlands, secondary growth forests, coffee and banana plantations, including cultivated areas with trees and streams, parks and gardens (Bündgen et al. 2020). It occurs mostly at elevations between 750 and 2,200 m. The species visits non-pendent flowers such as Elleanthus, Guzmania, and Phaseolus or blossoms such as Macleania (Bündgen et al. 2020).

Conservation actions

Conservation Actions Underway
The species is present in the following Endemic Bird Areas (EBA); Caripe-Paria Region EBA, Cordillera de la Costa Central EBA, Cordillera de Mérida EBA and Colombian East Andes EBA (Bündgen et al. 2020). 

Conservation Actions Proposed
Monitor population trends and quantify the population size. Research potential threats and their possible impacts.


Text account compilers
Fernando, E.

Butchart, S. & Ekstrom, J.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Chlorostilbon poortmani. Downloaded from on 05/02/2023. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 05/02/2023.