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Antillean Crested Hummingbird

Orthorhyncus cristatus

Description:

This is the smallest species of bird on Dominica and therefore the smallest of the four species of hummingbirds on the island. This tiny little bird (8.5-9.5cm or 3.25-3.75") is named because of the obvious pointed green/blue crest that adorns the male.

Habitat:

This little one was sitting on the outer edge of rich, moist mountain forest in Syndicate.

Notes:

Despite the size of this bird it is not afraid of displaying aggression to birds much larger than it e.g. Gray Kingbird or kingfishers. On a bird tour with 'Dr Birdy' Bertrand Baptiste I watched a little male display to another Crested Hummingbird! It looked like a little dance in the air as he had his tail all fanned out like a skirt. Reference for identification: "Dominica's Birds", p85, Arlington James, Stephen Durand, and Bertrand Jno Baptiste.

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6 Comments

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 2 years ago

Thank you Rob! They are such beautiful, tiny little birds!

triggsturner
triggsturner 2 years ago

Great bird Liana. Colours are brilliant.

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 3 years ago

Thank you Ingrid!

Ingrid3
Ingrid3 3 years ago

Really super pic!

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 3 years ago

@ venusflytrap He's beautiful hey :)
@ they sure are Daniele! If they have their face turned into the sunlight, the little crest is electric blue!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 3 years ago

Very distinctive hummingbird!

CalebSteindel
CalebSteindel 3 years ago

very pretty, armadeus.4!

Saint John Parish, Dominica

Lat: 15.52, Long: -61.43

Spotted on Jan 7, 2015
Submitted on Feb 14, 2015

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