Cuban bullfinch

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Cuban bullfinch
Cuban bullfinch (Melopyrrha nigra nigra).JPG
M. n. nigra
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Thraupidae
Genus: Melopyrrha
Bonaparte, 1853
Species: M. nigra
Binomial name
Melopyrrha nigra
(Linnaeus, 1758)

The Cuban bullfinch (Melopyrrha nigra) is a songbird species of the monotypic genus Melopyrrha.[2] Sometimes classified in the bunting and American sparrow family (Emberizidae), more recent studies have shown it to be part of the tanager family (Thraupidae). Therein, it belongs to the lineage of tholospizan "finches", which also includes the famous Darwin's finches.

It is found in the Cayman Islands, there only on Grand Cayman, and Cuba. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, and heavily degraded former forest. It is not considered a threatened species by the IUCN.


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