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Antillean Crested Hummingbird
8â€“9Â·5 cm (3-3Â¾ in)
This bird is known from Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Lesser Antilles south to and including Grenada. The bird is resident in all these islands, but some dispersion is possible, for example is the range in Puerto Rico increasing from the NE corner.
There are 4 subspecies
Prefers open and semi-open areas from sea level to high into mountains. Seen more often in the lower, drier areas. The range of habitats include ornamental gardens and other cultivated areas in addition to the original scrub-forests and higher elevation wetter forest. As many hummingbirds, they augment the diet with insects. Being somewhat flexible in diet is a must in an area where Hurricanes occur somewhat regularly.
They feed on nectar from flowering shrubs and vines, also the lower branches of trees and hedges.
Is often limited to feeding from the smallest flowers available by competition with other species of hummingbirds.
They construct a small cup-shaped nest on a twig about 1â€“3 m above ground. They breed throughout the year.
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