Bananaquit (Coereba flaveola)

Asa Wright Nature Centre, Trinidad

June 15, 2012


Nancy took this image our first full day of a trip led by Brian Rapoza for the Tropical Audubon Society to Trinidad and Tobago.

This is a small (just over 4" long, weighing ¼ to ½ ounces), active warbler-like nectarivore found in warmer parts of the Americas and is generally common. Its range extends from the eastern side of Mexico and Central America, the Pacific coast of South America to central Peru, and the eastern half of South America all the way through Brazil. It is also seen in the Caribbean and Bahamas. Strays have even been found in southern Florida during the winter. There are 41 recognized subspecies, and although the plumage is variable throughout its range, they all have a sharp, slightly decurved bill. C.f.luteola, the subspecies of the Caribbean coast of Columbia, northern Venezuela, Trinidad, and Tobago, is blackish above with conspicuous white wing spots and a white vent and upper tail components.

The species name comes from the Latin word flavus meaning golden or yellow.

Photographic details: Canon EOS 7D camera w/ EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens set at 400mm. Off-camera flash was used. Camera was on f/8 for 1/180 second at ISO 320.

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