Purple-throated carib

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Purple-throated carib
Purple-throated carib hummingbird.jpg
Purple-throated carib in Morne Diablotins National Park, Dominica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Apodiformes
Family: Trochilidae
Genus: Eulampis
Species: E. jugularis
Binomial name
Eulampis jugularis
Linnaeus, 1766

The purple-throated carib (Eulampis jugularis) is a species of hummingbird in the Trochilidae family.

It breeds on Antigua, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, Saba, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and Sint Eustatius. It has occurred as a vagrant in Barbados, Barbuda, Grenada and the Virgin Islands.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and open spaces.

Female purple-throated carib feeding at a flower

The purple-throated carib is notable for the differences in the appearance of the sexes. The male is larger and stronger than the female and has a shorter straight beak. Her beak is curved and about 1/3 longer.


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