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|The Bananaquit is a common resident throughout the West Indies, and the Caribbean mainland from Southern Mexico south to southern Brazil and northeast Argentina. On Cuba, however, it is considered a vagrant. The factors that result in a lack of these birds on Cuba remain an ecological mystery. Cuba does host the smallest bird in the world, the Bee Hummingbird (Mellisuga helenae)!|
The Bananaquit is most numerous in settled districts and secondary growth. It is a highly sociable bird common in and around gardens where flowers are abundant. The Bananaquit visits flowers for nectar and insects. They cannot hover as do hummingbirds, so perform entertaining acrobatic maneuvers to pierce the base of the flowers of trees and shrubs to obtain (steal) nectar without pollinating the flower. Their high reproductive potential and exceptional dispersal ability (a.k.a. supertramps) make these birds superb island colonists. They readily cross bodies of water and even periodically occur in southern Florida.
The Bananaquit is a small honeycreeper (4-5 inches long). The black back, down-curved bill, white eyebrow stripe, white wing spot, and yellow breast, belly and rump identify this bird. The throat can vary from white to black. Plumage is variable on some islands, and black morphs occur on Grenada and St. Vincent.
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Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Model: NIKON D90
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS4 Windows
Exposure Time: 2/30 sec
Focal Length: 150/1 mm
Date Taken: 2011-08-25 20:49
Metering Mode: Pattern
File Size: 230 kb
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