Greater Antillean Bullfinch Melopyrrha violacea


The Greater Antillean Bulllfinch is a common resident of Hispaniola, Jamaica, and the Bahamas. It can commonly be seen in many habitats, including secondary vegetation, coppice, and mangroves. The male is all black with a short red supercilum, throat, and undertail coverts, while the female duller black, with duller red in the same pattern. Young birds show grayish olive in place of black. This species shows variation in bill size between islands, but is generally large-billed for its body size in comparison to other Loxigilla bullfinches. The Greater Antillean Bullfinch has a high, thin, and raspy call and song, and can be seen foraging low in the understory individually or in small groups.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Greater Antillean Bullfinch (Melopyrrha violacea), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: