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5 ins (13cm). A large hummingbird. Male has reddish-purple cheeks and sides of the neck, velvety black underparts, purplish-blue wings and an iridescent greenish-blue back. Female is similar but duller.
A species of hummingbird in the Trochilidae family (Linnaeus, 1758). Endemic to Jamaica.
Gardens, wood edges, clusters of trees and banana plantations.
Voice: sharp, raspy, tics.
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