Bee Hummingbird (Mellisuga helenae), perched. CubaThere are over 300 species. (Family Trochilidae, order Apodiformes.) The long cleft tongue of a hummingbird is in the form of a double tube, which can be extended a considerable distance beyond the bill and withdrawn again very rapidly; the sternum (breastbone) is greatly developed, forming a suitable base for the wing muscles; the plumage has a metallic lustre. .

Bee Hummingbird (Mellisuga helenae), perched. CubaThere are over 300 species. (Family Trochilidae, order Apodiformes.) The long cleft tongue of a hummingbird is in the form of a double tube, which can be extended a considerable distance beyond the bill and withdrawn again very rapidly; the sternum (breastbone) is greatly developed, forming a suitable base for the wing muscles; the plumage has a metallic lustre. .

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Smallest bird in the world, the Bee Hummingbird, can sit on the tip of your thumb.  Teeny, tiny, adorableness!

Smallest bird in the world, the Bee Hummingbird, can sit on the tip of your thumb. Teeny, tiny, adorableness!

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The Cuban Bumble Bee Hummingbird. The *smallest* bird in the world. How CUTE!
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1605 repins!  Wow!  What a little beauty.  The CUBAN TODY, smallest bird in the WORLD dwells in Cuba 5-6cm (1/4"! Body under feathers) - The 'Bee' Hummingbird, some say, but a fellow pinner says this is a CUBAN TODY*.

1605 repins! Wow! What a little beauty. The CUBAN TODY, smallest bird in the WORLD dwells in Cuba 5-6cm (1/4"! Body under feathers) - The 'Bee' Hummingbird, some say, but a fellow pinner says this is a CUBAN TODY*.

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Mellisuga hummingbird .... oh, I just love hummingbirds <3
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