|Cuban Emerald (Chlorostilbon ricordii)
Despite the name, the Cuban Emerald is distributed in the Bahamas as well as in Cuba. It is found in a variety of habitats from forest to gardens.
The male, seen here in photos 1 and 3, has a short bill with a black upper mandible and a red lower mandible with a black tip. Upperparts are dark green while underparts are shiny green with a hint of metallic blue. The undertail coverts are white and the tail is deeply forked. The female, seen in photo 2, is similar but the underparts are brownish-grey with green flanks and the tail is slightly less forked. Both sexes have a whitish spot behind the eye..
|Identification should not be a great problem since the only other hummingbird in Cuba, apart from the occasional Ruby-throated Hummingbird in transit, is the tiny Bee Hummingbird Mellisuga helenae.
They feed on nectar and insects.