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Coereba flaveola


  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Polytypic 41 Subspecies

Authors: Contreras-González, A.M., C. Rodríguez-Flores, C. Soberanes-González, M.C. Arizmendi, and Phillip Howard

Coereba flaveola

Santa Catarina, Brazil; 17 May 2010 © Cláudio Timm

The Bananaquit inhabits a variety of habitats from scrubland to tropical lowland forest edge, from the Antilles and Mexico south to Paraguay and northern Argentina.  Bananaquits are distinctive birds with down-curved bills, black upperparts, bright yellow underparts, and a conspicuous white eyebrow.  Across its broad distribution, however, Bananaquits exhibit considerable geographic variation, with no fewer than 41 recognized subspecies; these differ in features such as the color of the throat (white, gray or black), the presence of absence of a white spot on the wing, the length of the bill, and the extent of yellow on the underparts. In addition, on some islands in the West Indies an entirely sooty color morph is frequent. Bananaquits are bold and active feeders, and most often are encountered in pairs or in small family groups.  With a diet of nectar and fruit, Bananaquits frequent flowering trees and shrubs where they often cling to flowers.      

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Recommended Citation

Contreras-González, A.M., C. Rodríguez-Flores, C. Soberanes-González, M.C. Arizmendi, and Phillip Howard. 2012. Bananaquit (Coereba flaveola), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website, for the distribution in Central America and/or Caribbean, and on a map provided by Robert S. Ridgely, for the South American distribution.

The data for the InforNatura maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Tropical lowland evergreen forest
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  • IUCN Status:Least Concern