Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Endangered

St Lucia Black Finch (Melanospiza richardsoni)


Taxonomy

French: Moisson pied-blanc German: Blassfuß-Gimpeltangare Spanish: Semillero de Santa Lucía
Taxonomy:

Loxigilla richardsoni

Cory

, 1886,

mountains of Santa Lucia, Lesser Antilles

.

Sister to M. bicolor on molecular evidence#R#R. Monotypic.

Distribution:

St Lucia, in SC Lesser Antilles.

Descriptive notes

13–14 cm; 18–23 g. A stocky, thickset pink-legged finch with thick and proportionately large bill, large legs and feet, and relatively short tail. Male is... read more

Voice

Song a high-pitched, loud and sibilant “tseéééééwww-... read more

Habitat

Tropical lowland evergreen forest and secondary forest, from sea-level to 950 m. Prefers forest... read more

Food and feeding

No details of diet; presumably arthropods, fruits and seeds. Found primarily on ground, where it forages in leaf litter in dense... read more

Breeding

Season Nov–Jun. Nest loosely constructed and spherical, with entrance at side, made from dried leaves, twigs, rootlets and ferns,... read more

Movements

Sedentary.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Uncommon to rare, and local. Has tiny global range and very small population, estimated in range of 250–999 mature individuals; highest densities in moist... read more

Recommended citation

Rising, J. & Jaramillo, A. (2018). St Lucia Black Finch (Melanospiza richardsoni). 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/62162 on 21 June 2018).