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Male Lesser Antillean Bullfinch bathing in a puddle in St. Lucia.
Lesser Antillean Bullfinch (Male) bathing in a puddle in St. Lucia.

The Lesser Antillean Bullfinch (Loxigilla noctis) is a species of bird in the family Thraupidae. It is a widespread resident of the Lesser Antilles except for the Grenadines. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forest, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest, and heavily degraded former forest. [Wikipedia]

Lesser Antillean Bullfinch in St. Lucia

The Lesser Antillean Bullfinch is sexually dimorphic, as opposed to the recently split Barbados Bullfinch (Loxigilla barbadensis), which is monomorphic on the female type plumage. The male plumage is all black, with a reddish throat and lores. The undertail coverts can vary between all black and all red. The underwings are white, but also variable.

Female Lesser Antillean Bullfinch
Lesser Antillean Bullfinch (Female) in St. Lucia

The female Lesser Antillean Bullfinch plumage is a warm gray, with reddish brown wings, tail, and undertail coverts. The song is given often, and is a fast, clear warbling song consisting of three to four short full ‘quip‘ notes, followed by four or five rising whistles. [Neotropical Birds]

Lesser Antillean Bullfinch in St. Lucia

3 comments on “Lesser Antillean Bullfinch

  1. cindy knoke says:

    Oh I love them all! But your first photo so catches the fragile vulnerability when they land and let us take their photos.

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    1. Thank you, I tried my best not to interrupt its afternoon bath. 🙂


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