French: Petit-chanteur de Cuba German: Kubagimpeltangare Spanish: Semillero canoro
J. F. Gmelin, 1789,
Nova Hispania; error = Cuba.
Cuba. Introduced to Bahamas (New Providence).
11·5 cm; 6–9·5 g. Small and short-tailed, with distinctive plumage pattern. Male has black face and throat, contrasting broad yellow patch starting... read more
Song a shrill “chiri-wichi-wichi, chi-wichi-wich” or “tsit-tsit-tilloi”,... read more
Primarily in semi-arid country, commonly near coast, also in open pines (Pinus), brushy... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on seeds and small fruits. Forages generally near the ground. Will leap upwards to reach seeds still on stem. Singly and in pairs; in... read more
Season Apr–Jun. Nest a large globular mass of woven dried grasses, lined with softer materials, entrance on side, placed low in spiny... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common in some parts of Cuba. Appears to be declining in some places close to human settlements.
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