Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Near Threatened

Cuban Bullfinch (Pyrrhulagra nigra)


French: Pèrenoir négrito German: Schwarzgimpeltangare Spanish: Semillero negrito

Loxia nigra


, 1758,



Treated in Melopyrrha in HBW (see Genus Pyrrhulagra, above). Usually considered conspecific with P. taylori. Monotypic.


Cuba (including some larger cays in Sabana-Camagüey Archipelago, and Cayo Cantiles in Los Canarreos Archipelago) and I of Pines.

Descriptive notes

14–15 cm; male 9–18·4 g, female 10·2–18·3 (nominate), 14·5–18·5 g (taylori). Small, dark finch with curved... read more


Song a thin melodious trill that ascends or descends in pitch, “ti ti ti ti-si-dddiiiyyy-... read more


Tropical evergreen forest, pine (Pinus) forests, brushy areas, including brush under pines... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on insects, seeds and fruit. Forages in canopy, as well as near ground. Often in small flocks; sometimes in mixed-species foraging... read more


Season Mar–Jul. Nest a large spherical bulky mass with entrance at side, made from dried leaves, grass hairs, rootlets and feathers,... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common resident throughout Cuba and I of Pines; common on Grand Cayman I.

Recommended citation

Rising, J. (2017). Cuban Bullfinch (Pyrrhulagra nigra). 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 on 20 November 2017).