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Photo by Dave 2x
Cuba, March 2011
Torreornis inexpectata


16.5cm (6.5 in)

  • Grey and yellow plumage
  • Dark reddish-brown crown
  • Olive-grey upperparts
  • White throat with black moustachial streaks
  • Yellow breast and belly
  • Greyish-olive flanks


Caribbean: found in the Zapata Swamp, Cayo Coco and Guantánamo province on Cuba.



There are 3 subspecies[1]

  • T. i. inexpectata:
  • South-western Cuba (arid Zapata Peninsula)
  • T. i. sigmani:
  • Arid coastal south-eastern Cuba
  • T. i. varonai:
  • Cayo Coco (off northern Cuba)
Photo by rb_stern
Cayo Coco, Cuba. February 2009


Sawgrass swamps at Zapata. On Cayo Coco, they prefer forests, forest clearings and shrubbery. Subspecies varonai are found in arid areas with cacti and thorn scrub.



They have a varied diet which includes flowers, seeds and insects and spiders. Birds in the Zapata swamp also eat small lizards and the eggs of apple snails.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2014)
  4. Wikipedia

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