St. Lucia Black Finch Melanospiza richardsoni


This odd all-black finch has been suggested to be a Darwin’s Finch although distantly distributed from the Galapagos. This is not in fact the case, but at the same time the suggestion has more than a kernel of reality. The St. Lucia Black Finch is part of a group that includes the Darwin’s Finches, grassquits, Bananaquit, and Antillean bullfinches. So it is related to the Darwin’s Finches, although not a part of that group directly. The St. Lucia Black Finch is restricted to the island of St. Lucia where it is found in moist montane forests. It lives in the lower strata of the forest, particularly near forest openings. Songs are high pitched and quite distinctive; the sharp whistle they give is almost explosive. They are entirely black, with a black bill, but noticeable pink legs and feet.

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Recommended Citation

St. Lucia Black Finch (Melanospiza richardsoni), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: