Puerto Rican Spindalis Spindalis portoricensis

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Spindalidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Kaylan Kemink

Formerly classified as a subspecies of the Stripe-headed Tanager (Spindalis zena), the Puerto Rican Spindalis (S. portoricensis) recently was recognized as a unique allospecies endemic to Puerto Rico. Known for its high-pitched song and call notes, this territorial bird can be found at almost all elevations wherever fruit is readily available. The IUCN Red List identifies the bird as a species of "Least Concern.


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

Recommended Citation

Kemink, K. (2011). Puerto Rican Spindalis (Spindalis portoricensis), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.purspi.01