The purple-throated Hummingbird
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John Cassin (1813-1869)
Plate 22, The purple-throated Hummingbird
From: Illustrations of the Birds of California, Texas, Oregon, British and Russian America
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1856
Paper dimensions: 10.5 x 7"
Framed dimensions: 12.75 x 21"
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The purple-throated Hummingbird, also called the purple-throated carib, is a species of hummingbird in the Trochilidae family. It breeds on Antigua, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, Saba, Sain Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and Saint 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. This bird is notable for the difference in the appearances 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.