Bananaquit

Coereba flaveola

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Bananaquits (Coerebidae)

Code 4

BANA

Code 6

COEFLA

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Bananaquit has a fairly large global range, reaching up to 11 million square kilometers. This bird is native to numerous countries throughout the world. Prior to 2000, the Bananaquit had a rating of Lower Risk. Since that time it has been downgraded to Least Concern due to its range and population size. While the exact population of the Bananaquit has not been quantified, experts are not concerned about possible population decline over the next several years, which has resulted in the Least Concern rating.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Bananaquit: Small and short-tailed with short, decurved black bill. Bahamensis is gray-black above with white throat and yellow belly with bold white stripe over eyes. Rump is yellow. Legs and feet are black. Martinique has dark throat. Weak fluttering flight, alternates rapid wing beats with brief periods of wings pulled to sides.


Range and Habitat

Bananaquit: Common resident throughout the West Indies, and the Caribbean mainland from Southern Mexico south to southern Brazil and northeast Argentina. In Cuba, it is considered a vagrant. A rare visitor to southern Florida. Most numerous in settled districts and secondary growth. Common in and around gardens where exotic flowers are abundant.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"tsip", "ezeereezee, eyteer, eyteer, sizit, zet"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Bananaquits build nests with side entrance holes. Several nests may be built, with some used only as sleeping quarters.
  • It uses its sharp beak to pierce a flower from the side, taking the nectar without actually pollinating the plant. They cannot hover like a hummingbird, and must always perch while feeding.
  • Its nickname, the sugar bird, comes from its affinity for bowls or bird feeders stocked with granular sugar, a common method of attracting these birds in the USVI.
  • A group of bananaquits are collectively known as a "bunch" of bananaquits.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Bananaquit

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

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Ashli Maruster

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Michael Oberhofer

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BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
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