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Bee Hummingbird / Zunzuncito

Mellisuga helenae


This is an endemic species from Cuba and it is consider the smalest bird in the world, the individual in the picture is a female, It weight 1.6–2 g (0.056–0.071 oz) and a length of 5–6 cm (2.0–2.4 in)

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This bird has also the smallest number of feathers: about 1,000 feathers (in other bird species, there are up to 25,000 feathers).

KarenL 9 years ago

Fun fact! The bee hummingbird measures less than 2.5 inches long and weighs under 0.1 ounce! Also known as the Helenas hummingbird, it is so tiny it often gets caught in spiders' webs.

Nice... a Coquette, next trip to Cuba I will search for the male which is very colorful

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 9 years ago

Beautiful little hummingbird, they are fascinating to watch when they are so tiny...I managed to capture a female tufted coquette in Trinidad that was just half a cm bigger than this beauty and you really can mistake them for large bees!

Thanks for the comments, I fount it in my 4 th trip to Cuba....

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

Very nice find, Jonathan!

alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Wow! Cool!

Jonathan Sequeira
Spotted by
Jonathan Sequeira

Matanzas, Cuba

Spotted on Feb 2, 2013
Submitted on Feb 17, 2013

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