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Combined images of this magnificent colored Humming bird, captured at Yerettes in Trinidad. Yerette is the name given to the hummingbird by the Amerinidians who were the originial inhabitants of the islands before Columbus sailed the seas for the Queen of England. The Yerette was sacred to Amerindians as they believed it to be the spirits of their dead ancestors that came to visit them. In those days the Europeans used to kill these birds by the thousands for their iridescent feathers which were very valuable and fetched a pretty penny in England and other parts of Europe- they would use them for clothing accessories and was an expensive item. The slaughter of thousand of these beautiful birds created a huge decline in the population. Today thanks to preservation of this bird by places such as Asa Wright Nature Center and Yerette their numbers are increasing once more again back into the thousands. There are a total of 17 different species of Hummingbirds in Trinidad & Tobago

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