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Photo by Ciro Albano
Quixeramobim, Brazil, July 2005
Paroaria dominicana


18 cm (7 in)

  • Red head and throat
  • White underparts
  • Black and white back
  • White tips to the flight feathers
  • Dark great upper mandible
  • White llower mandible


South America: found in the forests of north-eastern Brazil (Maranhão to Minas Gerais).

Introduced to Hawaii.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Caatinga, dry scattered forests, tropical Savanna. More recently seen in city parks and villages.



Photo by Daniesser
Manga/MG, Brazil, June 2005

Their diet consists of vegetable matter and insects; but no detailed information available. They forage both in pairs and family groups.


Little information, they have been seen with 2-3 chicks.


  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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Mar 2018)
  3. BF Member observations

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