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SPECIES INFO

The Barbados Bullfinch (Loxigilla barbadensis) is a Barbadian Seedeater. The Barbados Bullfinch was elevated to species level; formerly it was considered a subspecies of the Lesser Antillean Bullfinch (Loxigilla noctis), found on neighboring islands. The Barbados Bullfinch is the island's only endemic bird species.


Taxonomy

Once thought to be a subspecies of the Lesser Antillean Bullfinch, the Barbados Bullfinch was elevated to species level. Despite the misleading nature of its name, the Barbados Bullfinch is not a Bullfinch at all but a Seedeater.

Description

The Barbados Bullfinch is a small bird, 14-15 cm (5.5"?6 in). The upperparts are a dark olive-grey, the wings are mostly brown, underparts are greyish, while the under tail-coverts are tawny. The species is not sexually dimorphic, with females and males having similar plumage. The birds' calls include simple twittering, an occasional harsh petulant note, and a sharp trill.

Distribution and habitat

The Barbados Bullfinch is found only on the island of Barbados. The birds' habitat includes shrubbery and forest undergrowth; the species has adapted well to humans, often being found in close proximity to areas of human habitation, such as gardens.

Reproduction

Barbados Bullfinches construct a globular nest, with a side entrance, in a tree or shrub. The species lays two to three spotted eggs.

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