Bahama Woodstar Calliphlox evelynae

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Bahama Woodstar is distributed widely throughout the Bahamas, except for Great and Little Inagua islands, where it is replaced by the closely related Inagua Woodstar (C. lyrura). Apart from the Inaguas, however, Bahama Woodstar is the only regularly occurring, resident hummingbird on most islands, and is found in most vegetation types. There is also a single, recent but undocumented record from an island off the Cuban mainland. Mainly green above, the male Bahama Woodstar has an immaculate glittering purple gorget, a white breast band, and green-spangled rufous belly. Females are similar to males in most respects, but the throat is all white, and they also lack the obvious tail fork shown by the male. Cuban Emerald (Chlorostilbon ricordii) also occur on three islands in the Bahamas but is larger, all green in males, and females have entirely gray white underparts.

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Recommended Citation

Bahama Woodstar (Calliphlox evelynae), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: