New hummingbird species discovered in The Bahamas

Main report: A New Species of Hummingbird?
(UCR Today)
Other Reporting: Futurity,, Science Daily
Scientific Paper: Bahamas Local   
New Taxa: Calliphlox lyrura
Common Name: Inagua Woodstar
Categories: Birds | New Species

The Bahamas National Trust is thrilled at the recent announcement by the American Ornithologists Union (AOU), of a new hummingbird species on the island of Inagua. The Bahama Woodstar (Calliphlox evelynae) – a hummingbird that is native to the Bahamas archipelago – was originally classified scientifically as two subspecies. It was recently determined however, that the birds are now two completely different species. The Bahama Woodstar is a member of the Bee Hummingbird group.

Male Inagua Lyretail (Calliphlox lyrura) in flight.  Photo Anand Varma

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