Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)


St Lucia Black Finch (Melanospiza richardsoni)


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

Loxigilla richardsoni


, 1886,

mountains of Santa Lucia, Lesser Antilles


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


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


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


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


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



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 on 22 March 2018).