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Picture of the week (No.1): the bee hummingbird, the smallest bird in the world.             Share

Each week, Willgoto selects a nice picture and shows it here. The bee hummingbird, the smallest bird in the world, is the picture of the first week of this series.

The bee hummingbird, the smallest bird in the world
The bee hummingbird, the smallest bird in the world.                                                                                © Marie-France Grenouillet

The bee hummingbird (Mellisuga helenae), also known as Helena hummingbird, is the smallest bird in the world. It is called zunzuncito in Spanish. The male weighs 1.6 to 1.9 g (0.056–0.067 oz) and does not exceed 6 cm (2.4 in) in length. The female is barely larger. The bee hummingbird feeds on small insects and nectar.

The bee hummingbird is endemic to Cuba and the surrounding islands. It is named after Elena Booth, the wife of a friend of the German naturalist Juan Gundlach (1810-1896), who first identified the bird in Cuba. The species has been classified as near threatened by the IUCN and it is listed in the Appendix II of the CITES. The image of the bee hummingbird may be found on Cuban coins and stamps. More about the bee hummingbird.

The Helena hummingbird is part of the family of hummingbirds. These birds are characterized among others by their very rapid wing beats (mostly 50-80 times a second). They are the only birds that are able to hover and to fly backwards. They have a long bill and an extensible tongue which enables them to harvest nectar from flowers. In order to save their energy reserves, the hummingbirds enter a hibernation-like state at night.

The largest hummingbirds - the giant hummingbirds (Patagona gigas) - are 23 cm (8.7 in) long. They live in the Andes.

See also other nice photos from birdwatching:




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The author of all above pictures (except those from Sri Lanka) is the French wildlife photographer, Marie-France Grenouillet. Her site contains countless beautiful pictures from birds and wildlife in different parts of the world. Many of her photos have been also published in English and in French in our site
Since we have also posted bird photos from other authors, we have made an inventory list of all pictures of birds which are available in the different parts of our site. The inventory list sorts the pictures first by species and second by location so that the pictures are very easy to find. Click here and get the inventory of all our bird pictures.

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Picture of the week 1: Bee hummingbird, the smallest bird in the world. It is endemic to Cuba.
Picture of the week 2: Pagoda of the Golden Rock in Myanmar. It is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the world.
Picture of the week 3: Seychelles beach. Seychelles is a perfect destination for a dream holiday.
Picture of the week 4: Lemur of Madagascar (Coquerel's sifaka), an endangered species of primates, which, like all other species of lemurs, is endemic to Madagascar.
Picture of the week 5: World heritage in Cambodia. The temple of Banteay Srei, better known as 'Citadel of the women', in Cambodia is a jewel of Khmer art and a world heritage site.

Picture of the week 6: The bull shark and the tiger shark. Both sharks are unfortunately known for fatal attacks on humans.

See  all our "Pictures of the week".



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Each week, Willgoto selects a nice picture.The bee hummingbird, the smallest bird in the world, is the picture of the first week of this series.