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Common Name: Bananaquit
Scientific Name: Coereba flaveola

Size: 4 1/3 inches (11 cm)

Habitat: Southern Mexico to South America. Found in tropical areas.

Status: Least Concern. Global population: Unknown.

Diet: Nectar from flowers; also fruits and insects.

Nesting: Bananaquits build a spherical lined nests with a side entrance hole, laying up to three eggs.

Cool Facts: The Bananaquit pierces flowers from the side, taking the nectar without pollinating the plant. It cannot hover like a hummingbird, and must always perch while feeding.

It often visits gardens and may become very tame. Its nickname, the sugar bird, comes from its affinity for bowls or bird feeders stocked with granular sugar, a common method of attracting these birds.

Where’s my family? Since the Bananaquit was discovered in 1758 it’s been reclassified several times. Starting with genus Certhia, in 1809, it was placed in genus Coereba, it was then moved to genus Coerebidae and then back to genus Coereba in 2005. The Bananaquit is possibly close to some American "sparrows" and "finches" but the precise phylogeny remains unresolved.

Found in Songbird Remix Amazon

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