Barbados Bullfinches

The Barbados Bullfinches (Loxigilla barbadensis) is a seedeater bird that is found only on the Caribbean island nation of Barbados, where it is the only endemic bird species.


The Barbados Bullfinch is a small bird, 14-15 cm (5.5–6 in).

The upper parts are a dark olive-grey, the wings are mostly brown, the underparts are greyish, and the under tail-coverts are tawny.

The species is not sexually dimorphic, with females and males having similar plumage.

The birds’ calls include simple twittering, an occasional harsh petulant note, and a sharp trill.

Distribution and habitat

The Barbados Bullfinch is found only on the island of Barbados.

The birds’ habitat includes shrubbery and forest undergrowth; the species has adapted well to humans, often being found in close proximity to areas of human habitation, such as gardens.

Barbados Bullfinch (Loxigilla barbadensis)


Barbados Bullfinches construct a globular nest, with a side entrance, in a tree or shrub. The species lays two to three spotted eggs.

Further Finch Reading


The Barbados Bullfinch was previously considered a subspecies of the Lesser Antillean Bullfinch (Loxigilla noctis), which is found on neighboring islands. Despite the misleading nature of its name, the Barbados Bullfinch is not a Bullfinch at all but a seedeater.

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