Saturday, 5 January 2013

Bird #1 : Barbados Bullfinch

Common Name: Barbados Bullfinch
Scientific Name:
Loxigilla barbadensis
Local Names:
Sparrow or Sparky
5.5-6 inches; Females, males and juveniles: Brownish-olive; wings and tail orange-brownish (tawny); sexually monochromatic unlike it Lesser Antillean relative.

This bird was once considered a subspecies of the Lesser Antillean Bullfinch (Loxigilla noctis) but was later separated. This was because, unlike the Lesser Antillean Bullfinch were the male of the species is black, with the Barbados Bullfinch the males has the same plumage as the female.
Can be found island wide; around human habitation; very tame.
Barbados Endemic;common