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There are 3 hummingbird species that have been seen in Cuba. Two of these birds are native, they are the Cuban Emerald and the Bee Hummingbird. Of these two, the Cuban Emerald is the most abundant and widespread. The Bee Hummingbird is claimed to be the smallest hummingbird in the world. The third species is the Ruby-throated Hummingbird, a migrant, that nests throughout the eastern areas of the North American continent.
The hummingbirds are the smallest bird species in all of the bird families living in Cuba and the world. These colourful birds attract the curiosity of all who see them. The male bird of each species has the ability to turn its gorget, which is the highly iridescent feathers around its throat and head, into brilliant colours of shiny-like metal plates.