Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Blue-black Grassquit

Blue-black Grassquits fed on the Calle Loro roadside weeds as we came out from our dragonfly creek. This photo is of a female. Their streaky flanks are good field marks. Central American males are black. Some controversy exists on just how to classify grassquits. I thought they are small sparrows. The Handbook of Birds of the World considers them to be tanagers.

Grassquits are common from Mexico south across much of South America. Blue-black grassquits are found in weedy fields and roadsides. They  eat seeds and a few insects or berries. The forage on the ground or from weed-tops. They often form large flocks.

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