French: Esclave palmiste German: Palmenschwätzer Spanish: Sigua palmera
Santo Domingo, Hispaniola
Hispaniola, including Gonâve I and Saona I.
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
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