Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-shouldered Grassquit (Loxipasser anoxanthus)


Taxonomy

French: Pèrenoir mantelé German: Goldbug-Gimpeltangare Spanish: Semillero jamaicano
Taxonomy:

Spermophila anoxantha

Gosse

, 1847,

Mount Edgecumbe, Jamaica

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

Jamaica.

Descriptive notes

10·2–11·5 cm; 10·5–12·5 g. Very small, with moderately short tail and large head, bill thick and with strongly rounded culmen. Male... read more

Voice

Song consists of 5 descending notes, with an almost echo-like quality.

Habitat

Edges of forest, including montane evergreen forest; woodlands, and gardens near wooded areas. Sea-... read more

Food and feeding

Seeds and fruits, probably also insects. Forages low in bushes and in trees. In small groups, presumably pairs and family groups.

Breeding

Season Mar–Sept, egg-laying recorded Mar–Jul. Nest a finely woven dome of grass and down, with side entrance, built in tree or... read more

Movements

Sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common; reasonably widespread within its very small global range. No known threats.

Recommended citation

Rising, J. & Jaramillo, A. (2018). Yellow-shouldered Grassquit (Loxipasser anoxanthus). 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/62156 on 19 December 2018).