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Cuban Grassquit

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MalePhoto © by WHPViñales, Cuba, 29 March 2008
Photo © by WHP
Viñales, Cuba, 29 March 2008
Phonipara canorus

Tiaris canorus


[edit] Identification

11.5 cm (4½ in)
Olive-green above, grey below, with yellow from throat going back behind auriculars and continuing as a rear supercilium to about the eye.
Male has black face and upper breast
Female has face reddish-brown, yellow is dingier, and breast is unmarked grey.

[edit] Distribution

Cuba and Isle of Pines where becoming rare in west and central due to capture for cage bird trade; introduced to New Providence in the Bahamas.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

The scientific name has been spelled canora in the past.

[edit] Habitat

Lowland dry shrubland, but also forests (mainly edges) to mid elevation.

[edit] Behaviour

Usually in flocks except when breeding.

[edit] Diet

Their main diet consists of seeds and small fruits.

[edit] Breeding

Their nest is a large dome constructed from woven grass; it is lined with softer materials and placed in low branches. The clutch contains 2-3 pale greenish-white eggs, which have purplish spots.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from
  2. Rising, J. D. (2020). Cuban Grassquit (Phonipara canora), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.

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