Bee Hummingbird (Mellisuga helenae), perched. CubaThere are over 300 species. (Family Trochilidae, order Apodiformes.) The long cleft tongue of a hummingbird is in the form of a double tube, which can be extended a considerable distance beyond the bill and withdrawn again very rapidly; the sternum (breastbone) is greatly developed, forming a suitable base for the wing muscles; the plumage has a metallic lustre. .
1605 repins! Wow! What a little beauty. The CUBAN TODY, smallest bird in the WORLD dwells in Cuba 5-6cm (1/4"! Body under feathers) - The 'Bee' Hummingbird, some say, but a fellow pinner says this is a CUBAN TODY*.
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