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Puerto Rican Bullfinch - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Stanley Jones
Maricao State Forest near San Germán, Puerto Rico USA, November, 2012
Melopyrrha portoricensis

Loxigilla portoricensis


Male and Female identical, 16.5 - 19 cm (6.5-7.5 inches): black feathers, red areas above the eyes and round its throat and under the tail.

Most closely resembles Lesser Antillean Bullfinch and Greater Antillean Bullfinch, both of which would not overlap in range except in case of vagrants.


Endemic in Puerto Rico


Photo © by NJLarsen
Photographed: Guanica Dry Forest, Puerto Rico 1 May 2005.

This is a monotypic species[1].

St. Kitts Bullfinch was formerly included in this species. This species has in the past been placed in genus Loxigilla.


Heavy forests throughout Puerto Rico, except on the easternmost tip of the island.


It eats seeds, fruits, insects, and spiders. It is not a species likely to occur near human habitation.

It builds a spherical nest, with an entrance on the side. 3 light green eggs are laid.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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