Family Palmchat (Dulidae)

Least Concern

Palmchat (Dulus dominicus)


French: Esclave palmiste German: Palmenschwätzer Spanish: Sigua palmera

Tanagra dominica


, 1766,

Santo Domingo, Hispaniola


Birds from Gonâve I (off W Haiti) described as race oviedo, but appear inseparable from those elsewhere in species’ range. Monotypic.


Hispaniola, including Gonâve I and Saona I.

Descriptive notes

18–20 cm; 41–52 g. Medium-sized, dull-plumaged passerine with short deep bill strongly curved on culmen. Plumage is olive-brown above, rump greenish, tail brown;... read more


Variety of short, harsh notes, sometimes likened to those of Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris... read more


Primarily royal palm (Roystonea hispaniolana) savannas, also other open areas with... read more

Food and feeding

Diet primarily wild fruits, also flowers and, apparently, leaves; some arthropods also taken. Fruits eaten include those of, especially,... read more


Season Feb–Aug, with some regional variation, apparent peak in Mar–Jun. Communal breeder, single nest occupied by 1–50... read more


Resident. Unconfirmed record of vagrant in Jamaica.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Very common to abundant, and widespread. One of the commonest bird species on Hispaniola; numerous everywhere apart from highest... read more

Recommended citation

Temple, H. (2020). Palmchat (Dulus dominicus). 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 9 April 2020).