Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Jamaican Euphonia (Euphonia jamaica)


Taxonomy

French: Organiste de Jamaïque German: Gimpelorganist Spanish: Eufonia jamaicana
Taxonomy:

Fringilla jamaica

Linnaeus

, 1766,

Jamaica

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

Jamaica.

Descriptive notes

11 cm; c. 17 g. Small, plain greyish euphonia with notably short, thick bill. Male is mainly bluish-grey (can look rather bluish in good light), narrow area at bend of wing... read more

Voice

Song a sweet, musical “chur-chur-chur-chur-chur-chwit”, last note rising, or sometimes last note... read more

Habitat

Woodland, borders, open or shrubby areas with trees, gardens and orchards; most common in open... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly small fruits and berries, especially mistletoe berries (Loranthaceae), last-mentioned forming a major part of diet; reported also as... read more

Breeding

Reported season Feb–May. Nest built by both sexes, a domed structure with side entrance, made from mixture of grass, stems and vegetable... read more

Movements

Resident. Reported to undertake seasonal movements around the island.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Jamaica EBA. Common and widespread. No population trends available, but seems to be at little short-term risk.... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2017). Jamaican Euphonia (Euphonia jamaica). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/61782 on 19 November 2017).