Closely related to the S. dominica group, but generally not included within it as it is sympatric with S. flavescens in Bahamas. One study of mitochondrial DNA indicated that this species and S. pinus may be sister-taxa#R. Birds from Bahamas described as race bahamensis on basis of longer tail and other differences in morphology, and tend also to be darker, more plumbeous-grey on upperparts, yellower on forecrown, less heavily marked with black around yellow throat and breast, and greyer on flanks; possibly worthy of recognition, but further study required; recent study found relatively little genetic variation among populations. Monotypic.
N Bahamas (Grand Bahama, Little Abaco and Great Abaco) and W & E Cuba (Pinar del Río; Holguín, Santiago de Cuba and Guantánamo).
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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