|Western Spindalis Spindalis zena
(aka Stripe-headed Tanager)
The Western Spindalis is distributed in the Bahamas, Cuba, Grand Cayman Island and Cozumel. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. The sub-species shown here is S. z. pretrei. It is found in forest and woodland.
|The male has very distinctive orange, olive-brown, black and white markings above while below it has an orange
throat and breast, otherwise pale grey. The female (photos 3 and 4) is olive-grey above with a pale supercilium and moustachial stripe with pale
It feeds on seeds, small fruits and insects.
Sometimes regarded as a tanager, the HBW and Birdlife International checklist places it in a family of 4 species, the Spindalises.
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