From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Calypte helenae ampliado.jpg
Mellisuga helenae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Apodiformes
Family: Trochilidae
Genus: Mellisuga
Brisson, 1760

Mellisuga is a genus of hummingbirds in the Trochilidae family. Established by Mathurin Jacques Brisson, it contains these species:[1]

The name Mellisuga is a combination of the Latin words mel or mellis, meaning "honey" and sugere, meaning "to suck".[2]


  1. ^ "ITIS Report: Mellisuga". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Names. London, UK: Christopher Helm. p. 249. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.