Antillean Euphonia Euphonia musica

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Fringillidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
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One of just two Euphonia species restricted to the Caribbean Basin, the Antillean Euphonia is a locally common resident on two of the Greater Antilles, Hispaniola and Puerto Rico, as well as being a rarer resident on nine of the Lesser Antilles, from Barbuda south to Grenada. There are also records from several other islands in the southern West Indies, hinting at the species’ capacity to wander, at least occasionally. There is considerable plumage variation in males on some of the different islands, varying from basically female-like plumage on the Lesser Antilles, to dark above and yellow below on Puerto Rico, and dark above and orange-yellow below, as well as on the rump and forehead, on Hispaniola; in consequence, three subspecies are recognized, and these might merit reinvestigation by taxonomists. Everywhere, the Antillean Euphonia prefers reasonably densely forested areas, from the lowlands to highest elevations, and it sometimes joins mixed-species flocks containing both insectivores and frugivores, as well as forming comparatively large single-species roosts during the non-breeding season.

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Song (Hispaniolan)

© Cedar Mathers-Winn

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

Recommended Citation

Antillean Euphonia (Euphonia musica), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: