French: Colibri nain German: Zwergelfe Spanish: Colibrí zumbadorcito
Subspecies and Distribution
M. m. minima
(Linnaeus, 1758) – Jamaica.
M. m. vielloti
(Shaw, 1812) – Hispaniola and nearby islands of Tortue, Gonâve, Vache, Catalina and Saona.
6–7 cm; male 2·7 g, female 3·6 g. Tiny, with dull metallic bronze-green upperparts and generally dull white underparts; bill is straight and dull black.... read more
Song, from exposed perch, a fairly loud, long sequence of high-pitched, metallic squeaky notes.... read more
Open broadleaf deciduous and pine woodland, scrub, shade-coffee plantations, shrubbery and gardens... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar of Pachystachys, Anacardium, Asclepias, Bourreria, Cordia, Lemaireocereus,... read more
Season year-round, but mainly Dec–May on Hispaniola and Dec–Feb on Jamaica. Nest-site often low down near the ground in bushes... read more
No reliable information available, although strong altitudinal migrations have been suspected on... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Jamaica EBA and Hispaniola EBA. Occurs on several major satellite islands of... read more
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