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Subspecies hondae
Photo by Digitalbcon
Bogotá, Colombia, South America, January 2011
Icterus chrysater


21–24 cm (8¼-9½ in)

  • Golden-yellow
  • Black forehead, throat, wings and tail


Subspecies mayensis
Photo by djgary
Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico, October 2017

Southeastern Mexico to Colombia and Venezuela.



This is a polytipic species[1] consisting of four subspecies:

  • I. c. chrysater:
  • I. c. mayensis:
  • South-eastern Mexico (northern Yucatán Peninsula)
  • I. c. giraudii:
  • I. c. hondae:


Transition forest, subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical moist montanes, and heavily degraded former forest, forest edges, woodlands, clearings in lowlands. Finca at 1700 meters.



Their diet consists of insects, nectar and fruit.


They are thought to be monogamous and solitary breeders.


  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 November 2014 and February 2018)
  3. BF Member observations

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