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Photo by LCpete
Caya Guillermo Cuba, December 2006
Contopus caribaeus


  • Grey upperparts
  • Pale yellow underparts
  • Dark grey head
  • Bushy crest
  • White crescent behind eye
  • Dark wings, 2 faint wingbars
  • Black upper mandible
  • Yellow lower mandible
  • Sexes alike


Caribbean: found in Cuba and northern Bahamas.



There are 4 subspecies[1]:

  • C. c. bahamensis:
  • C. c. caribaeus:
  • Cuba and Isle of Pines
  • C. c. morenoi:
  • Southern Cuba (Zapata Swamp) and adjacent offshore cays
  • C. c. nerlyi:
  • Islands off southern Camaguey (Cuba)

A 5th subspecies florentinoi is generally considered invalid[2].


Pine forest, plantations, brushland, edges of swamps and mangroves.



The diet includes insects which are hawked aerially.


  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Avibase
  3. Whatbird

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