French: Colibri huppé German: Antillenhaubenkolibri Spanish: Colibrí crestado
Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
O. c. exilis
(J. F. Gmelin, 1788) – E Puerto Rico S through Lesser Antilles to St Lucia.
O. c. ornatus
Gould, 1861 – St Vincent.
O. c. cristatus
(Linnaeus, 1758) – Barbados.
O. c. emigrans
Lawrence, 1877 – Grenadines and Grenada.
8–9·5 cm; male 4 g, female 3·5 g. Male has short straight black bill; head with green crest, tipped metallic green to bright blue-green, upperparts dull... read more
Calls include short “tsip” or “tzip” notes and a longer series, “tslee-tslee-tslee-tslee”.
Open vegetation, parks, plantations, forest borders from sea-level to high mountains. Commonest... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar of flowering shrubs (Lantana, Euphorbia), vines and from lower parts of hedges and trees (Hibiscus, ... read more
Breeds all year round, chiefly Mar–Jun. Nest cup-shaped, build on thin branch of shrub or vine 1–3 m above ground, often shaded... read more
Sedentary, with possible dispersal to higher altitudes in Jul/Aug. Race exilis is rare... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands EBA and Lesser Antilles EBA. Common resident. Particularly common... read more
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