Western Spindalis


The Western Spindalis is found in the Bahamas, Cuba, Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, and Mexico. The Western Spindalis and some spindalises endemic to other Caribbean islands were recently split from the "Stripe-headed Tanager."  Western Spindalis males have black and white striped heads and orange breasts, with olive (or black) backs and black and white wings. Females are quite a bit less colorful, being drab brown or olive with weakly streaked underparts.

A male. Caya Coco, Cuba, 14 January 2016

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