Endearing, endemic, and endangered. The Cuban bee hummingbird is the inspiration for the logo of Cuba Explorer and Zunzun Education Services. We nicknamed her Zuni.
The bee hummingbird (Mellisuga helenae) is a threatened species unique to Cuba, where it is affectionately referred to as a zunzuncito. Weighing between 1.6 and 1.8 grams (less than a dime), it is 2 inches from beak to tail. It’s the world’s smallest warm-blooded vertebrate and lays the tiniest bird eggs – about the size of a pea. The female is slightly larger than the male. They are so petite they are often mistaken for bumblebees.