U.S. Virgin Islands Territorial Bird
Bananaquit (common name)
Coereba flaveola sanctithomae (scientific name)
The bananaquit is a tiny yellow nectar-eating bird common throughout the Caribbean and South America. It has a dark grey back, a white stripe above the eye, and a downward-curved beak. The sexes look the same. Its song is a shrill twittering. The bananaquit was named the official bird of the U.S. Virgin Islands territory in 1970.
ALSO KNOWN AS
Yellowbreast, sugar bird, yellow bird, banana bird, paw-paw Bird, yellow see-see, chibichibi, Reinita comun
Forages in hibiscus bushes and trees. When feeding on nectar from large flowers like hibiscus and heliconia, whose nectar is beyond the reach of its bill, it will pierce the flowers from the side to extract the nectar. The bananaquit cannot hover like a hummingbird and just perches while feeding, sometimes by hanging upside down from a branch. The bird is very social and often forms small flocks where food is abundant. Polygamous parents build several nests, which are spherical and built of grass five to 30 feet above the ground with an interior lining of feathers and a side entrance hole. Females lay up to three eggs and incubate them.
The bananaquit's diet consists of nectar, fruit, caterpillars, wasps, beetles, flies, moths, and spiders.
Tropical rainforest, gardens, and coastal areas.
Range: From the Caribbean Islands to southern Brazil
Migration: Resident (None)
Conservation Status: Least Concern
Nesting Period: March through early August
Size of Clutch: 1–3 eggs
Incubation Period: 12–13 days
Egg Description: Off-white with brown and salmon-colored flecks
Reinita mora, cuban grassquit, sparrow
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