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). Usually considered conspecific with P. taylori. Monotypic.


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

Descriptive notes

14–15 cm; male 9–18·4 g, female 10·2–18·3 g, unsexed 9–22 g. Small, dark finch with curved bill and white band on edge of wing.... read more


Song (given from male atop a low tree) a thin melodious trill that ascends or descends in pitch,... read more


Semi-deciduous, evergreen and open woodland, second growth, coastal vegetation (including... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on insects, seeds and fruit. Incidental observations during breeding season in W Cuba recorded birds taking fruit (n = 17,... read more


Season Mar–Aug, usually until Jul, with display noted from Jan. Both pair members construct a large spherical bulky mass with... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: confined to the Cuba EBA. Population size has not been quantified. Reasonably common... read more

Recommended citation

Rising, J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). 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 26 January 2020).