Blue Black Grassquit (Volatinia jacarina)
An adult male Blue Black Grassquit sitting on a blade of grass. This photo, along with the previous one I posted was taken in a residential area, where I also saw many other species. The species of birds I saw in that small area included: Black Vultures, Short Tailed Hawk, Blue-Gray Tanagers, Palm Tanagers, Saffron Finches, Southern Lapwing, Smooth Billed Ani, Blue Black Grassquits, Striated Heron, Cattle Egret, White Winged Swallows, Green Rumped Parrotlets and Orange Winged Parrots.
The blue-black grassquit is a small bird in the tanager family, Thraupidae. It was previously classified in the bunting and American sparrow family, Emberizidae. It breeds from southern Mexico through Central America, and South America as far as northern Chile, Argentina and Paraguay, and on Trinidad and Tobago. It is the only member of the genus ''Volatinia''.