French: Pèrenoir rougegorge German: Rotkehl-Gimpeltangare Spanish: Semillero gorjirrojo
Formerly considered conspecific with L. barbadensis. Eight subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
L. n. ridgwayi
(Cory, 1892) – St John and St Croix (US Virgin Is) and N Lesser Antilles (Anguilla, St Martin, Barbuda and Antigua).
L. n. coryi
(Ridgway, 1898) – Saba, St Eustatius, St Christopher (St Kitts), Nevis and Montserrat, in NW Lesser Antilles.
L. n. desiradensis
Danforth, 1937 – La Désirade, in NC Lesser Antilles.
L. n. dominicana
(Ridgway, 1898) – Guadeloupe, Is des Saintes, Marie Galante and Dominica, in NC Lesser Antilles.
L. n. noctis
(Linnaeus, 1766) – Martinique, in SC Lesser Antilles.
L. n. sclateri
J. A. Allen, 1880 – St Lucia, in SC Lesser Antilles.
L. n. crissalis
(Ridgway, 1898) – St Vincent, in S Lesser Antilles.
L. n. grenadensis
(Cory, 1892) – Grenada, in S Lesser Antilles.
14–15·5 cm; 13·1–23·4 g . Male nominate race is black, with small red patch above and in front of eye, and red on throat; iris dark; bill... read more
Song a crisp trill of 5–10 “tseep” notes usually ending with sharp “chuck... read more
Tropical evergreen forest, deciduous woodlands, second growth, gardens, and forest understorey;... read more
Food and feeding
Diet varied; nectar, also fruits and seeds, as well as arthropods. Known to rob flowers of nectar; reaches nectar by biting a small hole at... read more
Egg-laying Feb–Aug; Jan–Feb in Virgin Is. Nest domed, with opening at side, tends to be below 3 m, but varies (c. 1–5 m). Clutch 2–4 eggs,... read more
Mainly sedentary. Possibly some dispersive movements.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common in Lesser Antilles; fairly common and widespread on St John; local breeder on St Croix. Arrived c. 1960 in Virgin Is, where found primarily in... read more
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