|Bananaquit Coereba flaveola
Brazilian name: Cambacica or caga-sebo.
The Bananaquit is a small, warbler-like bird with a long white supercilium, dark grey crown and eye-stripe, grey throat and yellow underparts. It also has a small spot of pink at the base of the bill.
|It is the only remaining member of it family, the Coerebidae which used to include the Honeycreepers.
It is found in tropical South America from Colombia to south Brazil (but absent in western and central Amazonia) and is also common in the Caribbean islands. It is frequently found in gardens.
The Bananaquit feeds mainly on nectar which it obtains by boring a hole in the base of flowers. It therefore cheats the flower of its requirement for fertilisation through by-passing the pollen.
|There are recordings on xeno-canto, a distribution map from NatureServe and additional information available via Avibase. There is also a page with excellent photos on Wikiaves.