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Cozumel, Yucatán, Mexico, August 2006
Melanoptila glabrirostris

Identification

20cm. All black-blue body, amber eyes, dark bill.

Variation

Males have longer wings than females. Hatch-year birds and some second-year birds have brown eyes.

Distribution

East Mexico (Yucatán Peninsula) and N Honduras.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

Habitat

Forests, thick brush and hedges.

Behaviour

Diet

The diet includes seeds. berries and fruits.

Breeding

It builds a bulky cup nest of twigs and grass, placed in dense bushes and small trees including palms. 2-3 greenish-blue eggs are laid. Nest building is mostly by the male and incubation mostly by the female.

References

  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. Paper discussing the biology of this species

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External Links

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