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Side view of a Purple-throated Carib in St. Lucia.
Purple-throated Carib in St. Lucia

The Purple-throated Carib (Eulampis jugularis) is a species of hummingbird in the family Trochilidae. This bird is unmistakable in most situations, though a silhouetted bird could be mistaken for the similarly-shaped Green-throated Carib (Eulampis holosericeus).

A Purple-throated Carib showing purple throat in St. Lucia.
Purple-throated Carib showing purple throat in St. Lucia

The Purple-throated Carib shows black plumage with a royal purple throat and upper chest and green wing coverts, blue under-tail coverts, and a medium-length de-curved bill, which it uses to feed on Heliconia flowers. In plumage, the Purple-throated Carib is monomorphic, but the male is slightly larger, and more aggressive, maintaining smaller territories within areas of high flower density, relative to the large, low-density territories of the females. [Neotropical Birds]

Rear view of a Purple-throated Carib in St. Lucia.
Purple-throated Carib in St. Lucia

The Purple-throated Carib can be found in Antigua, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent. It has occurred as a vagrant in Barbados, Barbuda, Grenada and the Virgin Islands.

Purple-throated Carib nestlings in St. Lucia.
Purple-throated Carib nestlings in St. Lucia

9 comments on “Purple-throated Carib

  1. rugby843 says:

    Love the nest pic and ghe bird is gorgeous

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  2. Long time no see! Beautiful pictures. ☺

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    1. Thank you. I was a little busy. I am going to try and dedicate more time to my blog and the WP community. 🙂

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      1. That’s understandable. Hope you’ve been doing well.

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      2. I have been great! Hope you are well too. I see you have a ton of new posts and it looks like your blog is doing well. Congratulations!

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      3. I am, and yes it has too. Thank you!! 😊😊

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  3. Amy says:

    Wow… very cool! How did you manage to get the photo of the babies. Love it!

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    1. Thank you. A little luck and persistence. 🙂

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