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Copyright: Luis Vargas (Chiza) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-19
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-22 21:16
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From Wikipedia
Coereba flaveola

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)[1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Coerebidae
Genus: Coereba
Vieillot, 1809
Species: C. flaveola
Binomial name
Coereba flaveola
(Linnaeus, 1758)

The Bananaquit, Coereba flaveola, is a passerine bird first described by Linnaeus in his Systema naturae in 1758 as Certhia flaveola.[2]

It was reclassified as the only member of the genus Coereba by Louis Jean Pierre Vieillot in 1809.[3]. Prior to 2005 the Bananaquit belonged to the monotypic family Coerebidae; there is currently no agreement to which family it belongs; some authors place it into the Emberizidae[4] The Coerebidae used to contain other nectar-eating birds from the tropical Americas, but these have since been moved. The Bananaquit is part of a group that includes the Darwin's finches, Tiaris (grassquits), Loxigilla, etc. - most of which were previously placed in Emberizidae, but are now known to actually be part of the Thraupidae[5]. Nevertheless, the precise phylogeny remains unresolved. The AOU thus classes it as species incertae sedis[6]. It is resident in tropical South America north to southern Mexico and the Caribbean. It is a rare visitor to Florida, USA.

The Bananaquit is a very small bird attaining an average length of 11 cm. It has a slender, curved bill, adapted to taking nectar from flowers. It sometimes pierces flowers from the side, taking the nectar without pollinating the plant. It cannot hover like a hummingbird, and must always perch while feeding. It will also eat fruit and insects. It often visits gardens and may become very tame. Its nickname, the sugar bird, comes from its affinity for bowls or bird feeders stocked with granular sugar, a common method of attracting these birds in the USVI. Birds in the genera Cúreba, Dacnis, and allied genera belonging to the family Cúrebidś, are all referred to as sugar birds.

The Bananaquit has dark grey upperparts, a black crown to the head and yellow underparts and rump. It has a prominent white eyestripe. The sexes are alike.

On Grenada and Saint Vincent, most Bananaquits have black plumage, suggesting divergence from other West Indian populations.

The Bananaquit builds a spherical lined nest with a side entrance hole, laying up to three eggs, which are incubated solely by the female[7].

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Hi Luis

What an interesting bird .. this might be highly unusual to be classified as a single species within a genus. You have captured it with a nice POV and nice natural colors.


Hi Luis,
a nice shot of an interesting and beautiful bird.

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