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Cueva de los Portales, Pinar del Rio, Cuba, March 2016
Myadestes elisabeth


  • Brown upperparts
  • Pale grey underparts
  • White eyering
  • Narrow brown moustache
  • Dark bill
  • Yellow base to lower mandible

Similar species

Photo by Tony Coatsworth
El Palenque, north of Vinales, Cuba

Due to its behavior may be mistaken for a flycatcher species


Endemic to Cuba.


Two subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • M: e. elisabeth:
    Locally in mountains of Cuba
  • M: e. retrusus:
  • Formerly Isle of Pines (Cuba). Extinct


Semi-deciduous woods, pine forests near cliffs.



The diet includes seeds, fruit and insects, mainly found in canopy. It is prone to feed by sallying, reminding of a flycatcher


  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. Raffaele et al. 1998. Birds of the West Indies. Christopher Helm, London. ISBN 0713649054
  3. Arthur Grosset

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