Cuban Blackbird Ptiloxena atroviolacea


Familiar to virtually every Cuban, who know it as the Totí, the Cuban Blackbird is found throughout the main island of Cuba, where it is virtually universally common, but is absent from the Isle of Youth and any of the many offshore cays. The Cuban Blackbird is entirely black, albeit with a violaceous metallic sheen to the upperparts, and females are marginally duller than males. It is most likely to be confused with the almost equally ubiquitous resident Greater Antillean Grackle (Quiscalus niger), but the latter species has yellow irides, a longer and narrower bill, and a keel-shaped tail, which is especially obvious in flight or on the ground. The Cuban Blackbird is found in virtually any type of wooded habitat, including gardens in cities, and like most resident species on the island nests in March to July.

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

Recommended Citation

Cuban Blackbird (Ptiloxena atroviolacea), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: