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Black-faced Grassquit Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Andros Island, Bahamas
GPS: 24.9N, -77.9W, elev=32' MAP
Date: September 26, 2011
ID : B13K8931 [4896 x 3264]

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Black-faced Grassquit Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Andros Island, Bahamas
GPS: 24.9N, -77.9W, elev=32' MAP
Date: September 26, 2011
ID : B13K8932 [4896 x 3264]

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Black-faced Grassquit Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: New Providence, Bahamas
GPS: 25.0N, -77.5W, elev=51' MAP
Date: September 23, 2011
ID : B13K8706 [4896 x 3264]

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Black-faced Grassquit (female)
 
 
Location: Rocklands Bird Sanctuary, Montego Bay, Jamaica
GPS: 18.4N, -77.9W, elev=870' MAP
Date: February 15, 2015
ID : B13K7557 [4896 x 3264]

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Black-faced Grassquit Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Saint Kitts (Saint Christopher Island)
GPS: 17.3N, -62.8W, elev=660' MAP
Date: October 24, 2009
ID : 7C2V4539 [3888 x 2592]

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SPECIES INFO

The Black-faced Grassquit, Tiaris bicolor, is a small bird formerly placed with the Emberizidae. It is now recognized as a tanager closely related to Darwins finches. It breeds in the West Indies except Cuba, on Tobago but not Trinidad, and along the northern coasts of Colombia and Venezuela.

This is a common bird in long grass or scrub in open or semi-open areas, including roadsides and ricefields. It makes a domed grass nest, lined with finer grasses, and placed low in a bush or on a bank. The typical clutch is two or three whitish eggs blotched with reddish brown. Both sexes build the nest and feed the young.

Adult Black-faced Grassquits are 10.2cm long and weigh 10.5g. They have a short conical black bill with an obvious curve to the culmen. The male is olive green above, paler grey-olive below, and has a black head and breast. Female and immature birds have dull olive-grey upperparts and head, and paler grey underparts becoming whiter on the belly.

Males on the South American mainland have more extensively black underparts, shading to a grey belly.

The Black-faced Grassquit feeds mainly on seeds, especially of grasses and weeds. It is often found in small groups, but is solitary at evening roosts.

The male has a display flight in which he flies for short distances, vibrating his wings and giving a buzzing dik-zeezeezee call.





                                     




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