The Bahama Woodstar is a small species of hummingbird being approximately 3½ to 4 inches in length. It has greenish upper parts, a white chest and rufous lower underparts. Adult males have iridescent violet throat feathers which are strikingly beautiful when seen in the sunlight, but appear black when seen from a distance.
The Bahama Woodstar is a common year-round resident throughout the Islands. It is found less commonly on Abaco and Grand Bahama, where it co-habits with the Cuban Emerald. It occupies a variety of habitats: gardens, scrub, forest edges, clearings and pine forest.
Although the Bahama Woodstar is not listed on the IUCN redlist of threatened species, it is protected by Bahamian law under the Wild Birds Protection Act.
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Photo: via Dave’s Birding Blog.