Western Spindalis

Spindalis zena

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Cardinals & Piranga Tanagers (Cardinalidae)

Code 4

WESP

Code 6

SPIZEN

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Western Spindalis is a member of the Thraupidae family, and may be called the Stripe-headed Tanager. This species lives in the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Turks and Caicos Islands, the United States and Jamaica. The natural habitat of the Western Spindalis includes subtropical and tropical climates of moist, low forests, moist montanes and heavily degraded former forest. This bird typically feed on insects, invertebrates, seeds, fruit and berries, and is a permanent resident. The conservation rating for the Western Spindalis is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Western Spindalis: Small tanager, black-gray back, dark rufous nape, rump. Throat patch is yellow, bib is red-black, breast and collar are yellow-orange, belly is white. Head is black-and-white striped. Dark gray bill. Wings are dark with white patches. Tail is black with white edges.

 

Range and Habitat

Western Spindalis: This species is a native of the West Indies, and occasionally wanders into southeastern Florida and Florida Keys. Preferred habitats include open montane forests, forest edges, and shrub areas in moist, tropical and subtropical areas. They are also found in degraded former forests.

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Western Spindalis SONGS AND CALLS

Western Spindalis A1

Songs from two males.

Western Spindalis A2

Song phrases followed by "tseeeip" calls.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"zee-tit-zee", "tittit-zee", "seeip", "tsee"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Western Spindalis is also known as the Stripe-headed Tanager.
  • It is our smallest tanager and was first described by Linnaeus in 1766.
  • A group of tanagers are collectively known as a "season" of tanagers.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

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.
BreastX
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Similar to the upper part of the human neck, located at the back of the crown.
NapeX
Also called the hindneck or collar, it is the back of the neck where the head joins the body.
RumpX
The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
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