French: Bec-croisé d’Hispaniola German: Hispaniolakreuzschnabel Spanish: Piquituerto de La Española
El Río, 4000 feet [c. 1220 m], Santo Domingo
Mountains of Hispaniola.
15–16 cm; 26·7–30·4 g. Medium-sized, short-legged finch with broad white wingbars, large crossed mandibles and forked tail. Male has forehead to crown and... read more
Calls include high-pitched series of strident "chu-chu-chu-chu" notes, frequently noisy... read more
Montane pine forests, principally of Hispaniolan pine (Pinus occidentalis), also open... read more
Food and feeding
Diet not well studied. Apparently closely tied to Hispaniolan pine, seeds of which it extracts from cones, utilizing large bill. Forages at... read more
Season Dec–Apr. Nest a deep compact cup of twigs, plant fibres, roots, moss, lichens, bark strips, grass, animal hair and feathers,... read more
Resident and locally nomadic; wanders in search of feeding areas. Vagrant in Jamaica, where at... read more
Status and conservation
ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Hispaniola EBA. Uncommon to locally common or scarce. Has a tiny and fragmented global range extent of which is still... read more
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