Family New World Blackbirds (Icteridae)

Least Concern

Cuban Blackbird (Ptiloxena atroviolacea)


Taxonomy

French: Quiscale violet German: Kubastärling Spanish: Zanate cubano
Taxonomy:

Quiscalus atroviolaceus

d’Orbigny

, 1839,

Cuba

.

Curiously absent from I of Pines (old reports erroneous) suggesting poor dispersal capabilities. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Cuba.

Descriptive notes

25–28 cm; male 85–94 g, female 72–80 g. Medium-sized icterid with square-shaped tail and relatively short bill. Plumage is black overall, with strong blue and purple... read more

Voice

Song varied, probably by both sexes, a mix of musical notes and some nasal sounds. Musical “twee-o... read more

Habitat

Open woodlands, agricultural land, parks, gardens, urban parks, villages. Lowlands to medium... read more

Food and feeding

Almost omnivorous; feeds on arthropods, small vertebrates, seeds, fruits and nectar. Forages mostly on ground; sometimes follows grazing... read more

Breeding

Season Apr–Jul; fledglings reported May–Aug. Probably monogamous, but no details available. Solitary nester. Nest built by both sexes, cup-... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common, and widespread. A rather abundant species that tolerates habitat modification, living and breeding even in towns and cities. Confined to... read more

Recommended citation

Fraga, R. (2019). Cuban Blackbird (Ptiloxena atroviolacea). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/62280 on 23 August 2019).