Black Jacobin Florisuga fusca


The Black Jacobin is a striking black and white endemic of woodland habitats from eastern Brazil south to northeast Argentina in a fairly narrow band along the coast. Its sister species, the White-necked Jacobin (Florisuga mellivora), is the more colorful member of the genus, and the Black Jacobin appears to have converted all green or violet plumage on its sister species to black, making it quite conspicuous in flight. It feeds on the nectar of various native and introduced shrubs and trees and will occasionally occur in congregations of 50 or more individuals around particularly rich nectar resources.

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

Recommended Citation

Black Jacobin (Florisuga fusca), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: