Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Vervain Hummingbird (Mellisuga minima) - HBW 5, p. 671

French: Colibri nain German: Zwergelfe Spanish: Colibrí Zumbadorcito

Taxonomy: Trochilus minimus Linnaeus, 1758, Jamaica.
Genus sometimes expanded to include all species currently placed in Archilochus, Calypte and Stellula; at other extreme, present species has often been treated as sole member of present genus. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • minima (Linnaeus, 1758) - Jamaica.
  • vieilloti (Shaw, 1812) - Hispaniola and nearby islands of Gonâve, Tortue, Saona, Catalina and Vache.