Blue black grassquit

Volatinia jacarina

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''.
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Appearance

Adult blue-black grassquits are 10.2 cm long and weigh 9.3 g. They have a slender conical black bill. The male is glossy blue-black, with a black tail and wings; the white inner underwing is visible in flight or display. Female and immature birds have brown upperparts and dark-streaked buff underparts.
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. Animalia,Animals,Aves,Birds,Blue Black Grassquit,Blue black grassquit,Caribbean,Trinidad and Tobago,Volatinia jacarina

Behavior

The male has a jumping display, often performed for long periods, which gives rise to the local name "johnny jump-up". This is accompanied by a persistent wheezing ''jweeee'' call.
Blue Black Grassquit (Volatinia jacarina) A Blue Black Grassquit on some bushes. Animalia,Animals,Aves,Birds,Blue black grassquit,Caribbean,Trinidad and Tobago,Volatinia jacarina

Habitat

This is a common bird in semi-open areas, including cultivation and gardens.
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Reproduction

It makes a small cup nest, with a typical clutch of one to three pale green eggs blotched with reddish brown. Both sexes incubate for 9–10 days, with about the same period again for the young to fledge.
Blue black grassquit - male, Uraba, Colombia Vocalization for the interested (video not by me):
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Food

The blue-black grassquit feeds mainly on seeds. It is quite gregarious and forms communal evening roosts.

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Status: Least concern
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassAves
OrderPasseriformes
FamilyThraupidae
GenusVolatinia
SpeciesV. jacarina