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Purple-throated Carib

Eulampis jugularis


Of the four species of hummingbirds found on Dominica, the Purple-throated Carib is the largest reaching up to an astonishing length of around 11.5cm (4.5"). It has a distinct down-curved bill, glossy green wings, black/dark head and underbelly and, a purple throat and breast.


Found in beautiful, rich, wet mountain forest.


Spotted along segment 10 of the Waitukubuli Trail (Colihaut Heights to Syndicate) near Syndicate, in the Morne Diablotin National Park, Dominica (The location gives only a rough idea). First reference for identification: "Dominica's Birds", p83, by Arlington James, Stephen Durand, and Bertrand Jno. Baptiste, 2005. Verified by 'Dr Birdy' Bertrand Baptiste while on a birdwatching tour with him. For more information:

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1 Comment

armadeus.4 3 years ago

Thanks Jim. This trip was the first time I've ever seen hummingbirds! And your Broad-tailed Hummingbird has inspired me towards being much more patient for action shots :D

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 3 years ago

Nice spotting. I live in the desert...but we vacation in rain forests. I never get enough of the wetlands.

Saint John Parish, Dominica

Lat: 15.52, Long: -61.43

Spotted on Jan 7, 2015
Submitted on Feb 12, 2015

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