French: Colibri madère German: Purpurkehlkolibri Spanish: Colibrí caribeño gorjimorado
Cayenne and Suriname; error = Lesser Antilles
Lesser Antilles from Saba, St Eustatius, St Kitts, Nevis, Antigua and Montserrat through Guadeloupe, Dominica and Martinique to St Lucia and St Vincent.
11–12 cm; male 9–12 g, female 7–10 g. Male has short bill, slightly curved, black. A sturdy, dark velvet hummingbird. Malar region, throat and chest fiery... read more
Calls include a strident “tsip” and sharp “chewp”, repeated rapidly when agitated.
Forest edges and tree tops of secondary and primary forest at altitudes of 800–1200 m.
Food and feeding
Nectar of indigenous (Cordia, Clusia) and introduced trees (Spathodea, Delonix, Caesalpinia... read more
Feb–May, occasionally Jan–Sept. Cup-shaped compact nest on vertical branch in tree at 3–5 m, rather small compared with... read more
On some islands (St Lucia, St Vincent) individuals occur at sea-level at end of May. Casual... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Lesser Antilles EBA. Common resident in forests and plantations at higher altitudes. Density in the... read more
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