Length: 5.5–6.1cm (2.17–2.4") Weight: 1.95–2.6g Description: equipped with a straight, notably short, dull-black bill; male (♂): green cap and nape, iridescent, flaming red gorget adorned with extended, lateral plumes, bluish upperparts and greyish-white underparts; and female (♀): green upperparts, pale grey underparts, and white-tipped outer tail feathers. Habitat: littoral forest, forest, forest edges, woodland, shrubbery, gardens, lowland, swampland, and sporadically in open country. Range: This specie is a vagrant to The Bahamas , Haiti , and Jamaica, but is resident on Cuba and Isla de la Juventud (a smaller island to the south of the main island). IUCN Status: Near Threatened
Note: The male bee hummingbird is recognized as the smallest bird in the world; and with its lumpy, rounded appearance, can be, at first, misidentified as a bee.
The bee hummingbird is more readily observed in forest with substantial growth of lianas and epiphytes. They have a preference for the showy flowers of the solandria grandiflora—a chalice vine.