Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Near Threatened

Grand Cayman Bullfinch (Pyrrhulagra taylori)


French: Pèrenoir de Grande Caïman German: Caymangimpeltangare Spanish: Semillero de Gran Caimán

Melopyrrha taylori

E. J. O. Hartert

, 1896,

Grand Cayman


Usually considered conspecific with P. nigra (as in HBW), but differs in its deeper culmen (effect size 2.56; score 2); smoky-brown vs blackish-slate underparts in female (2); silvery-grey vs all-black bill in male (1); shorter song with fewer elements and at lower frequencies in first two seconds (at least 2)#R. Monotypic.

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Grand Cayman I.

Descriptive notes

14–15 cm; 14·5–18·5 g (mean male 17·2 g, female 15·7 g). Small, dark finch with curved bill and white band on edge of wing. Adult male is duller black with no gloss, compared... read more


Call an insect-like “chi-p” and “zee zee”, the first note high-pitched, whereas the song begins as... read more


Inhabits variety of more or less wooded habitats. Study of habitat use in 1970s found that the... read more

Food and feeding

Forages for seeds and fruit (plus arthropods in breeding season) at all levels from the canopy, understorey, to near the ground in woodland... read more


Season commences between Jan and Mar (believed to vary in response to fruiting phenology), with dependent juveniles observed as early as... read more


Sedentary, although there is a single record from Little Cayman, in Sept–Oct 1998, that either... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Confined to the Cayman Islands Secondary Area. Very uncommon to locally common, but local declines were... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Grand Cayman Bullfinch (Pyrrhulagra taylori). 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 23 May 2019).