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|Shot of a adult male Bananaquit I spotted at the lobby of our hotel in Dominican Republic. This gut and its mate were building a nest on the chandelier hanging in the lobby. Here is more on this bird from Wikipedia:|
The Bananaquit is possibly close to some American "sparrows" and "finches" but the precise phylogeny remains unresolved. The AOU thus classes it as species incertae sedis. It is resident in tropical South America north to southern Mexico and the Caribbean. It is a rare visitor to Florida, USA.
The Bananaquit is a very small bird attaining an average length of 11 cm. It has a slender, curved bill, adapted to taking nectar from flowers. It sometimes 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 will also eat fruit and insects. 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.
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