French: Cici verdinère German: Jamaikagimpeltangare Spanish: Semillero bicolor
America = Bahama Islands.
Subspecies and Distribution
M. b. bicolor
(Linnaeus, 1766) – Bahamas; Cayo Tío Pepe (NW of Isabela de Sagua), Cayo Paredón Grande#R and other small islands off N Cuba.
M. b. marchii
S. F. Baird, 1864 – #RJamaica and Hispaniola, including nearby small islands.
M. b. omissa
(Jardine, 1847) – Puerto Rico E through Lesser Antilles to Tobago, and mainland from N Colombia (Guajira Peninsula and W Santander; probably this race in N part of C Andes#R) E through coastal Venezuela to Sucre and Margarita I.
M. b. grandior
(Cory, 1887) – San Andrés Archipelago (Providencia, Santa Catalina and San Andrés), in SW Caribbean.
M. b. sharpei
(E. J. O. Hartert, 1893) – Leeward Antilles (Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire).
M. b. tortugensis
(Cory, 1909) – Tortuga I, off N Venezuela.
M. b. johnstonei
(Lowe, 1906) – La Blanquilla and Los Hermanos, off N Venezuela.
M. b. huilae
(A. H. Miller, 1952) – Magdalena Valley, in C Colombia.
10·2–11·5 cm; 7–11·6 g. Small, relatively short-tailed emberizid. Male nominate race has black head, throat and most of underparts, with dark... read more
Song an emphatic buzz, “tse-tsee-tsee-tsizzle-tsizzle”, or a weak, buzzing series,... read more
Open, dry areas of acacia (Acacia) and cactus scrub with grasses and shrubs in forest... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds almost exclusively on seeds; in Netherlands Antilles also on fruit (or possibly seeds) of large candle cactus (Lemaireocereus... read more
Breeds throughout year in West Indies, Apr–Jun in Cuba; in rainy season, Jun–Jan, in Tobago. Nests in small colonies or loose... read more
Resident. Some limited dispersal; vagrant in SE USA (S Florida; fewer than ten records), apparently... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Often common in appropriate habitat. Fairly common in Colombia and Venezuela; very rare in Cuba, where found only on Cayo Tío Pepe. Although... read more
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