Birda Logo
Features
Birda+
About
Species Guide
Challenges
Shop
loading...

Bahama Woodstar

Nesophlox evelynae

The Bahama woodstar, a diminutive hummingbird endemic to the Lucayan archipelago, measures a mere 8 to 9.5 cm in length and weighs between 2.4 to 3 grams. The males of the species boast a resplendent purple iridescent gorget edged with a white stripe, which fades post-breeding season, while females lack this vibrant throat coloration. Both sexes exhibit green and gold backs, with males having white flanks and females cinnamon, and their tails are a dark, blackish-purple hue.

Identification Tips

To identify the Bahama woodstar, look for the male's distinctive forked tail and the female's rounded tail with broader feathers. Both genders possess black, slightly curved bills and black feet. The male's bright purple throat and white stripe are key identifiers, especially during the breeding season.

Habitat

These birds are found in a variety of habitats, including gardens, scrublands, edges of tropical evergreen forests, and pine forests. They are year-round residents and do not migrate extensively.

Distribution

The Bahama woodstar is native to the Lucayan Archipelago, including the Turks and Caicos Islands, but is notably absent from the Inaguan islands. Sightings have occurred in Florida and as far north as Pennsylvania.

Behaviour

Bahama woodstars are not particularly social and may exhibit aggression towards other birds. They are less common on islands where the Cuban emerald, a competitive species, is present.

Song & Calls

The Bahama woodstar's vocal repertoire includes "chips" during flight and feeding, scolding during aggressive interactions, and a high-pitched song lasting about 30 seconds. Their calls are similar to those of the North American Anna's hummingbird.

Breeding

Breeding primarily occurs in April, although it can happen year-round. Males perform elaborate courtship displays, including shuttle displays and aerial dives, to woo females. Nests are small cups made of soft materials, lichen, and plant matter, with females laying two white eggs that incubate for around two weeks.

Similar Species

The Inagua woodstar, formerly considered a subspecies, is now recognized as a separate species due to differences in crown iridescence and tail shape.

Diet and Feeding

These hummingbirds primarily feed on nectar from local plants, such as Ernodea serratifolia, and occasionally consume insects. They are known to create lacerations in flower corollas to access nectar.

Conservation status

The Bahama woodstar is currently listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List, indicating a stable population.

App logo
Birda is a birdwatching app and community aimed at curious people who want to deepen their connection with nature.

Bahama Woodstars on Birda

Photos
Sightings

More Hummingbirds

A photo of a Speckled Hummingbird (Adelomyia melanogenys)

Speckled Hummingbird

Adelomyia melanogenys
Birda Logo

Your birdwatching journey like never before

Connect with nature in minutes
Take a walk, look out of the window and log the birds that you see. Feel good about those little connections to nature.
Discover the joy of birding
Find new birding spots, see more birds, share and celebrate with a like-minded community of nature lovers.
Play your part in saving nature
Logging your birding sightings and sessions turns into positive action for our planet. Every sighting counts.

Birda Blog

What Our Birders Say
Alex J
Friendly and helps to identify birds
Great birding app, good for logging your sightings, also has nice species guide. I'm enjoying the social aspect more than I expected, everyone seems friendly and helps to identify unknown birds. Good mix of newbies and experienced users.
SW H
Wonderful App
Birda is my go to app for keeping records of my bird sightings and sessions. It has fantastic information which is great at aiding identification. With all the updates that are coming in the new year, this app is something special.
Amylia S
Best app for any birding person!
I love this app!! I am so addicted to it when I saw it had 3 star review I was so sad! The app is awesome!! The best app for any birding person! ❤️
JCBirding
Just what birding needs
We need more fun in birding, for years it has had a reputation for being up tight and stuffy and only perused by retirees and anoraks. Birda helps change that perception and firmly brings birding into the 21st century! Fun, interactive while still contributing to science and conservation. If you aren’t on it, why not??
Sacha0508
Simply fantastic
I love this app, it puts so much fun into recording the birds I’ve seen and heard while I’m out and about. The interface is user-friendly and suitable for all ages. It’s great to collect badges and to review my “lists”.
Ellesse_W
Learning Birding with Birda
I’m relatively new to birding as a hobby, and Birda is a great way to keep track off all the species I see. I’m still working on my ID skills, but the app is great for figuring out potential species, and the online community is so friendly and helpful. Definitely recommend Birda to both early and serious birders! 🐦
Jane N
A great app
Enjoying it immensely and finding it useful too. Recording the different birds and counting them is showing me how the present climate is affecting them all. I've trebled the numbers by planting native hedging. A great app.
Marlster24
Recommend for any bird watcher
Very wholesome app: I joined this app with a new interest in watching birds to help me find out what I was spotting. The community is very active in helping identify birds which is great and everyone is very kind so it’s just a nice wholesome community. I would definitely recommend this for any bird spotter 😃
Talli A
My favourite app
As a young birdwatcher who was always keen to be apart of a community but never seemed to find one, my problem was solved downloading this!!! Everyone is so friendly and just as excited to see birds as me 😁
Mike T
Sense of Community
A great app, which is continually being improved. What really comes through is the passion of those behind the app. The sense of community is brilliant, so much help and support provided to new and/or in experienced birders.
As featured in
Birda Logo
AboutPressAmbassadorsAffiliatesInfluencersCareersPrivacyTerms & Conditions
An app for birdwatchers
Connect with us
Copyright © 2024 Chirp Birding. All rights reserved.