Saturday, April 13, 2013

Purple-throated Carib

Eulampis jugularis
The Purple-throated Carib is a Hummingbird species that can be found on numerous islands in the Caribbean Sea. They are sound in both tropical and subtro
pical lowland forests where they can find their two favorite flowers.

This species in quite interesting because the males and females have different beak types, and they each have a specific flower to feed from using that beak. Both planets are from the Heliconia genus, with the males consuming the nectar of H. caribaea, and the females going after H. bihai.

They two sexes look the same when it comes to coloration-- shiny green wing feathers, dark bodies, and bright purple throats-- but the males are larger and have shorter beaks that are shorter by about 1/3.

Though they are island birds with a relatively small range, the Purple-throated Caribs are common and not facing any major conservation threat at this time. They are listed as being of Least Concern.

IUCN Status : Least Concern
Location : Caribbean Islands
Size : Body length up to 41in (1m)
Classification : Phylum : Chordata -- Class : Aves -- Order : Apodiformes
Family : Trochilidae -- Genus : Eulampis -- Species : E. jugularis
Image : Postdif

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