Today's new bird is a warbler-like species found across much of South America, the Bananaquit! Bananaquits can be recognized by their curved bills, and their plumage, which is a mix of grey, yellow, and white. Their white eyebrow stripe is distinctive. Across their... Read more »
Bananaquits can be recognized by their down-curved bills, their dark grey upper parts, yellow breast, and white stripe over the eye. There are over 40 recognized subspecies of Bananaquit found throughout their range, with physical differences in size and plumage.
Bananaquits feed on flower nectar, using its specialized curved bill. It also feeds on juices from fruits and insects.
Details & Statistics
The Bananaquit is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size is extremely large, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.