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Lesser Antillean Bullfinch
Alternative names: West Indian Robin; Red-throated See-see (grenadensis)
14â€“15Â·5 cm (5Â½-6 in)
Overall black to slate-gray color, interrupted by rufous on the throat, just in front of eye, and in most races on undertail coverts (undertail black in Martinique and St. Lucia). The female is a sandy gray-brown with rufous coloring to the wings and tail and greyish underparts. The head of the female is the same color as the mantle. Legs in both sexes are greyish to black, not pink.
 Similar species
In St. Lucia, the St. Lucia Black Finch is a species that could be mistaken for Lesser Antillean Bullfinch, however, the black finch has pink legs (more prominent in the male), a heavier beak, has a habit of bobbing its tail up and down, and are more often found low in dense vegetation. The male is entirely without rufous, while the female has gray on its head in contrast to brown back.
Used to be endemic to the Lesser Antilles but has now spread to the US Virgin Islands (part of the Puerto Rico bank) and is a vagrant to Puerto Rico. It is absent from the Grenadines but present on Grenada.
A reassignment of this and similar species to the tanagers have been proposed, but it is currently placed in the Emberizidae.
There are 8 subspecies:
Dense and semi-open vegetation, often around houses.
Often incredibly tame, well known for stealing nuts and sugar in outdoor restaurants.
Feeds on nectar, fruits, seeds as well as insects. Forages mainly in trees, sometimes closer to the ground.
Breeding season February to August, January to February in Virgin Islands. The nest is domed with a side entrance, usually placed below 3m above the ground. Lays 2 to 4 eggs.
A sedentary species, possibly with some dispersive movements.
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