Bahama Woodstar

Calliphlox evelynae

Order

APODIFORMES

Family

Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Code 4

BAWO

Code 6

CALEVE

ITIS

Egg Color:

White



Number of Eggs:

2



Incubation Days:

15 - 18



Egg Incubator:

Female



Nest Location:

2 - 12 feet above ground, In a fork of a bush or tree.



Nest Material:

Plant down, bark, cobwebs.



Migration:

Nonmigratory



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General

Bahama Woodstar: Medium-sized hummingbird with iridescent green upperparts, violet-pink throat, partial white collar, and mixed buff- and olive-green underparts; may have pink-tinged forehead. Forked tail is black with orange-brown center. Bill is slightly decurved. Female is duller with pale gray throat, and orange-brown belly and outer tail feathers. The Bahama Woodstar was split into the Bahama Woodstar and the Inagua Woodstar (ont in North American range) in 2014 by the American Ornithologist Union.

Range and Habitat

Bahama Woodstar: Endemic in the Bahamas. Even though this is a mostly non-migratory bird, it has been seen as a vagrant in southeastern Florida in the United States. Will use a variety of semi-open and brushy habitats, including forest edges and brushy undergrowth, areas of low-growing, scrubby vegetation, and suburban gardens.

Breeding and Nesting

Bahama Woodstar: Two white eggs are laid in a nest made of plant down and covered outside with bits of bark and cobwebs, built 2 to12 feet above the ground in a bush or tree. Incubation ranges from 15 to 18 days and is carried out by the female.

Foraging and Feeding

Bahama Woodstar: Feeds on flower nectar in gardens and low scrub. Aggressively defends feeding areas from other hummingbirds.

Vocalization

Bahama Swallow: Call is a sharp, staccato "tit, titit, tit, tit, titit." Chase call is rapid, dry, and rattling. Song is a jumble of high squeaks and raspy notes much like an angler winding a reel.

Similar Species

Bahama Woodstar: None in range.

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UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
CollarX
Similar to the upper part of the human neck, located at the back of the crown.
Outer tail feathersX
The tail feathers farthest from the center.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X