Cuban Bullfinch (Black Sparrow)

Length 14-15cm (5.5-5.75″). Uncommon breeding resident on Grand Cayman. In Little Cayman, known only from a single observation. Currently absent from Cayman Brac, though represented in the fossil record. Our local subspecies, Melopyrrha nigra taylori is endemic: found only in the Cayman Islands and nowhere else in the world. Scientific studies are currently underway to determine whether our Bullfinch is, in fact, a species unique to the Islands. Prefers woodland and shrubland, also mangrove and coastal forest. Builds a fairly large, untidy nest. Lays 2-4 eggs, March- July.

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