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Cozumel, Yucatán, Mexico, August 2006
Melanoptila glabrirostris


20cm. All black-blue body, amber eyes, dark bill.


Males have longer wings than females. Hatch-year birds and some second-year birds have brown eyes.


East Mexico (Yucatán Peninsula) and N Honduras.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Forests, thick brush and hedges.



The diet includes seeds. berries and fruits.


It builds a bulky cup nest of twigs and grass, placed in dense bushes and small trees including palms. 2-3 greenish-blue eggs are laid. Nest building is mostly by the male and incubation mostly by the female.


  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Paper discussing the biology of this species

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