Cuban blackbird

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Cuban blackbird
Dives atroviolaceus -Havana, Cuba-8.jpg
In Havana, Cuba
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Icteridae
Genus: Dives
Species: D. atroviolaceus
Binomial name
Dives atroviolaceus
(d'Orbigny, 1839)
Dives atroviolaceus map.svg
Range of D. atroviolaceus

Ptiloxena atroviolacea
Dives atroviolacea

The Cuban blackbird (Dives atroviolaceus) is a species of bird in the family Icteridae.

Measuring 27 cm (11 in) long, this species has entirely black plumage with a slight violet sheen on the upperparts. The only non-black body part is the brown eye.[2]

It is endemic to Cuba, where it is widespread and common. It is entirely absent from the Isla de la Juventud and some of the offshore cays.[2]

Its natural habitats are lowland moist forests and heavily degraded former forest.

A cuban blackbird in Pinar del Rio Province


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Dives atroviolaceus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b Garrido, Orlando H.; Kirkconnell, Arturo (2000). Field Guide to the Birds of Cuba. Ithaca, NY: Comstock, Cornell University Press. p. 221. ISBN 978-0-8014-8631-9.

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