Bahama Woodstar

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Common Name: Bahama Woodstar
Scientific Name: Calliphlox evelyna

Size: 3-5 inches (8-12 cm)

Habitat: North America; endemic to the Bahamas. It is found in many different habitats on all the islands in the Bahamas. There are 2 subspecies; Calliphox evelyna lyrura (Males; purplish gourgets), inhabits Inagua Island and Calliphox evelyna evelynae (Males; magenta gourgets), is found on all remaining islands.

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: Unknown amount of mature individuals. Although the Bahama Woodstar is not listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, it is protected by Bahamian law under the Wild Birds Protection Act. The Convention for International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) lists the Bahama Woodstarin Appendix II which limits the exportation of the species as it can cause the species to become endangered.

Diet: Flower nectar, small insects, and tree sap.

Breeding: Males show a reddish-pink throat is lined by a white collar during breeding season. After breeding season is over, he loses the colorful throat which turns to a pale gray color of eclipse plumage. Females are much more drab in color. Tails on male birds are forked, females are much more rounded.

Nesting is done in a small cup made of plant down, bark and cobwebs. The female lays 2 elliptical white eggs, which will incubate for 15-18 days. This hummingbird nests all year round.

Cool Facts: The Bahama Woodstar will nest all year round and does not migrate.

Included in Songbird ReMix Hummingbirds of North America

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