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Blue-black Grassquit

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Male right, female leftPhoto by mmdnje Chongon, Guayas Province Ecuador
Male right, female left
Photo by mmdnje
Chongon, Guayas Province Ecuador
Volatinia jacarina


[edit] Identification

8·7–10·9 cm (3½-4¼ in)

  • Blue-black
  • Black tail and wings
  • White inner underwing
  • Slim conical black bill

Female and immature: brown upperparts, buff, dark streaked underparts.

JuvenilePhoto by DABSArima, Trinidad, Spril 2018
Photo by DABS
Arima, Trinidad, Spril 2018

[edit] Distribution

Central and South America and the Caribbean:
Central Americal: Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama
Caribbean (West Indies): Lesser Antilles, Windward Islands, Grenada, Trinidad, Tobago, Netherlands Antilles
South America: Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Argentina

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • V. j. splendens:
  • V. j. peruviensis:
Male jump displayPhoto by JamfaracoTubarão/SC, Brazil, December 2004
Male jump display
Photo by Jamfaraco
Tubarão/SC, Brazil, December 2004
  • V. j. jacarina:

[edit] Habitat

Open terrain, scrub, savannas, second growth, rice and corn fields, xerophytic areas; grasslands, agricultural lands, roadsides, parks and wooded lands.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

When displaying, they jumps vertically from its perch about 1 foot in the air and utters a high pitched 'Pee-Zing' and then with a downward half-somersault lands on its perch again.

It builds a small cup-shaped nest. The clutch consists of 1-4 pale green eggs blotched with reddish brown. Both sexes incubate for 9–10 days and the young fledge about 9-10 days later.

[edit] Diet

The diet consists mainly of grass seeds, but other seeds are included. They will also eat some insects and berries.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. BF Member observations
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2018)
  5. Wikipedia

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