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Silhouette BananaquitBananaquit
BananaquitCoereba flaveola
  • ORDER: Passeriformes
  • FAMILY: Thraupidae

Basic Description

The Bananaquit is one of the great sugar lovers of the bird world. This hyperactive little bird drinks nectar by probing into flowers, piercing flower bases with its sharp, curved bill, or visiting hummingbird feeders. Bold individuals may even steal sugar from outdoor restaurant tables. Their plumage and song varies across the large range, but the unique bill, pinkish gape, bold face pattern, and yellowish underparts make them distinctive. Listen for their raspy, shrill song in gardens, shrubby areas, and forest edges wherever plants are in flower.

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Other Names

  • Platanero (Spanish)
  • Sucrier à ventre jaune (French)
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