After the Storm

This video of a Barbados hummingbird was shot in a Christ Church garden.

A little known fact about these most delightful of birds is that they are very territorial and can chase away far bigger species.

Don’t mess with that Beak

Tiny and beautiful, but the hummingbird packs a punch.

Not many birds would want to mess with that long tapered beak, ideal for delving into large tubular flowers for the lovely nectar. They also eat insects and can catch flies “on the wing”.

In Barbados, the hummingbird was historically referred to as the Doctor Bird, or Doctor Booby. 

This is because 19th century doctors wore long black coats and against the constant Barbados sunshine, the iridescent colours of  the hummingbird are hidden and the silhouette of the hummingbird is all you can see.

Busy, busy, busy…

And, like the doctors of yesterday, they are always on the move, too busy to stop in one place for long.

Two Hummingbirds

The video features the green-throated Carib, one of only two species of Barbados hummingbird. The other is the Antillean crested. 

It’s much smaller – it can weigh as little as four grams. The male has a distinctive metallic green crest and a straighter beak.

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