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Greater Antillean Bullfinch

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Subspecies ruficollisPhoto by Stanley JonesSt. Elizabeth Parish, Jamaica, November 2010
Subspecies ruficollis
Photo by Stanley Jones
St. Elizabeth Parish, Jamaica, November 2010
Loxigilla violacea


[edit] Identification

13·2–17·5 cm,; large strong bill

Male like female, but she is slightly duller.
Juvenile like adult but grey to olive

[edit] Distribution

Caribbean (West Indies): found in the Bahamas and among the Greater Antilles, found in Hispaniola and Jamaica.

Juvenile moulting into adultPhoto by caribemotionJaragua National Park, Dominican Republic, 2009
Juvenile moulting into adult
Photo by caribemotion
Jaragua National Park, Dominican Republic, 2009

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are 5 subspecies[1]:

  • L. v. violacea:
  • L. v. maurella:
  • Tortue, Gonâve and Saona islands (off Hispaniola)
  • L. v. affinis:
  • L. v. parishi:
  • Île-á-Vache and Beata Islands (off Hispaniola)
  • L. v. ruficollis:
JuvenilePhoto by GeomorphSouth Andros Island, Bahamas, March 2004
Photo by Geomorph
South Andros Island, Bahamas, March 2004

[edit] Habitat

Found in forest undergrowth especially at mid to high elevation. Vegetated ocean shorelines.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Feeds on fruit, flower buds, and seeds. It has a powerful bill for opening seeds.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved August 2014)
  4. Raffaele et al. 1998. Birds of the West Indies. Christopher Helm, London. ISBN 0713649054

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