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Chaetocercus bombus

Chaetocercus bombus, Photo: Michael Lahanas

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Aves
Subclassis: Carinatae
Infraclassis: Neornithes
Parvclassis: Neognathae
Ordo: Trochiliformes
Familia: Trochilidae
Subfamilia: Trochilinae
Genus: Chaetocercus
Species: Chaetocercus bombus


Chaetocercus bombus (Gould, 1871)


* PZS["1870"] Pt3 p.804

Vernacular names
Deutsch: Hummelelfe
English: Little Woodstar

The Little Woodstar, Colibri Bourdon, ColibrÍ Abejorro, or Estrellita Chica (Chaetocercus bombus) is a species of hummingbird in the Trochilidae family. It is found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. It is vulnerable to habitat loss. Reportedly, at 7.8 cm, it measures 8 mm longer than the closely related Gorgeted Woodstar and the Short-tailed Woodstar. However, other sources list this species as the world's smallest bird at 1.6 grams, a title normally held by the Bee Hummingbird (normally reported as 25 mm smaller than the Little Woodstar).[1] Other sources list a typical weigh of this species as 2.2 grams, marginally heavier than the Bee Hummingbird and the Vervain Hummingbird.[2]

* BirdLife International 2004. Chaetocercus bombus. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 10 July 2007.

1. ^ http://www.springerlink.com/content/p437w78688132559/
2. ^ Wood, The Guinness Book of Animal Facts and Feats. Sterling Pub Co Inc (1983), ISBN 978-0851122359.

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