French: Colibri d’Elena German: Bienenelfe Spanish: Colibrí zunzuncito
Often placed in genus Calypte. Monotypic.
Cuba and I of Pines.
5–6 cm; 1·6–2·6 g. Male is the smallest of all birds. Bill is straight and dull black; male has head and throat fiery red, and iridescent gorget... read more
Song a mixture of high-pitched warbling phrases and a very high-pitched, drawn-out, sizzling buzzy... read more
Woodland, swampland, shrubbery and gardens; occasionally in fairly open country, but generally... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar of Aloe, Laguncularia, Goethea, Hibiscus, Malvaviscus, Leucaena, Hamelia... read more
Mar–Jun. Nest is generally situated c. 3·5 m (3–5) above the ground on a thin twig, typically of Bucida buceras... read more
No reliable information available. Presumably sedentary as a rule, though recorded as vagrant to... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Currently considered Near Threatened. Population clearly in decline, presumably as a result of habitat loss, as species seems heavily... read more
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