Characterization of an Orange Variant of the Bananaquit(Coereba tTaveola) on La D sirade, Guadeloupe, French West Indies

Bananaquit (Coereba flaveola) Science Article 2

abstract

The Bananaquit( Coerebfaia veola)i s a phenotypically variable species of the American tropics that varies markedly in the extent and intensity of both its carotenoid and melanin pigmentation. Paynter (1968) recognized4 1 subspecieso f Bananaquitsa, nd plumage color polymorphism has been reported on some Caribbean islands (Wunderle 1981a, b, c). Despite this variability, until now, no orange Bananaquit has been described.

JOCELYN HUDON, HENRI OUELLET et al, The Auk 113(3):715-718, 1996

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