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Cuban Blackbird - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Russ Jones
Santiago de Cuba
Ptiloxena atroviolacea


  • Metallic black with purplish sheen
  • Long bill with curved upper mandible

Similar species

Greater Antillean Grackle has yellow eye and keel-shaped tail. Shiny Cowbird and Red-shouldered Blackbird are both smaller.


Cuba and Isle of Pines.


This is a monotypic species[1].
Formerly placed in genus Dives[1]


Forests and a variety of habitats.


Readily forms flocks


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2015. IOC World Bird Names (version 5.1). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. Raffaele, H, J Wiley, OH Garrido, A Keith, JI Raffaele. 2003. Birds of the West Indies. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691113197
  4. Arthur Grosset

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