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Birds in Casa #8: The Vervain Hummingbird

Vervain Hummingbird agave

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Vervain Hummingbird agaveThis is one of our favorite birds in Casa de Campo. Small and sweet, the Vervain Hummingbird loves flowers, so is always seen buzzing around out beautiful, flower-filled gardens.

Vervain HummingbirdThe Vervain Hummingbird is especially fond of orchids, as well as the flower of the Agave americana which we have spotted recently around the Dye Fore golf course and on the cliff near the Plaza Chavón in Altos de Chavón. Of course you have to be fast to spot this little bird, whose characteristic fast movements keeps them in constant motion.

The Vervain Hummingbird is very common in the Hispaniola island, especially in “human-altered” environments such as gardens. In addition to their distinctive buzzing movement, another peculiarity of the Vervain Hummingbird is their song, considered to be “loud and penetrating” .

Did you know?

It used to be considered the second smallest bird in the world, the eggs weigh only 0.4g and the chicks just 0.3g.

Aves de la República Dominicana y Haiti
By: Steven Latta, Christopher Rimmer, Allan Keith, James Wiley

Vervain Hummingbird profile

  • They range between 6cm in length and 2.4 g in weight.
  • They are green on the top and white on the bottom with a straight black beak.
  • Sometimes their chin and throat have greenish spots.
  • It’s a resident breeding bird of the Hispaniola island.
  • They breed throughout the year, but mainly between December and May
  • They do not migrate latitudinally.
  • Their nests are like deep cups and they lay 2 white eggs.

Birds of Hispaniola

The island of Hispaniola, shared between the Dominican Republic and Haiti, has more than 300 different bird species, of which 32 are endemic, meaning that in the entire world, this is the only place they can be found. Incredibly, 8 of these endemic species can be spotted right here in Casa de Campo, as well as many more!

This is the seventh article of our series “Birds of Casa de Campo”, in future articles you can look forward to reading about: the Broad-Billed Tody, the Barrancoli, and many more!

Click here to read part 1: The Hispaniolan Parakeets of the Teeth of the Dog
Click here to read part 2: The Brown Pelican
Click here to read part 3: The Hispaniolan Woodpeckers
Click here to read part 4: The little yellow Village Weaver
Click here to read part 5: The Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron
Click here to read part 6: The Ruddy Turnstone
Click here to read part 7: Hispaniolan Lizard Cuckoo

 

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