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Puerto Rican Bullfinch

Melopyrrha portoricensis

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A boldly patterned species of dense woodlands and scrub. Adults are deep black with small patches of bright red on throat, crown, and vent. Youngsters are brownish with an orange vent. Both have stout conical bills, and the appearance of both is unique within its range. Often heard before seen. The song typically consists of three to five whistled “wheet” notes followed by a thin buzzy “zzzzz.” Calls include a soft “chup” and whistled “chew-wee.”

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