Bird GuideSpindalisesWestern Spindalis

At a Glance

Apparently specialized for life on islands, the Western Spindalis is widespread in the Caribbean, but it seldom visits the mainland. In our area it is a rare visitor to southern Florida. Most records have been of single birds in winter, but reports of small groups present in spring suggest the possibility that the bird may nest in Florida occasionally. It was formerly called Stripe-headed Tanager.
Category
Perching Birds
Conservation
Low Concern
Habitat
Forests and Woodlands, Urban and Suburban Habitats
Region
Florida
Behavior
Direct Flight, Flitter
Population
200.000

Range & Identification

Description

6-7" (15-18 cm). Male unmistakable, with strong face pattern, tawny chest, black or olive back, wide white edgings on wings. Female is olive-gray, with pale eyebrow and whisker mark, wing pattern like male's.
Size
About the size of a Sparrow, About the size of a Robin
Color
Black, Orange, White, Yellow, Yellowish Brown
Wing Shape
Rounded
Tail Shape
Notched, Rounded, Square-tipped

Songs and Calls

Varied, high thin calls, including some that are reminiscent of Black-and-white Warbler song, transitioning to buzzier phrases.

Climate Vulnerability

Conservation Status