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I put this page together to show the variations in Western Spindalis.  Below are a few photos of birds from different Bahamian Islands and possibly Cuba that are vagrants in  South Florida.

Western Spindalis
(spindalis pretrei?)

Picture

(Copyright Jeff Bouton)


Western Spindalis
(spindalis pretrei?)
This bird above and the next three photos, is in my opinion the race from Cuba, this is one of the most colorful races of all, it is absolutley gorgeous!  The call is different than the Bahamian birds and it looks different.   This would be a good candidate for a split into a seperate species.  This bird was found by Carl Goodrich in Key West at Indigenious Park in early November or late October of 2004.

Picture

(Copyright Jeff Bouton)


Western Spindalis
(spindalis pretrei?)

Picture

Look at the very green back of this bird above as well as the bird below!

(Copyright Jeff Bouton)


Western Spindalis
(spindalis pretrei?)

Picture

(Copyright Brennan Mulrooney)


The Western Spindalis photo below was graciously provided by Tom Getz, the photo was taken in February of 2004 in Cuba.


Western Spindalis
(spindalis pretrei)

Picture

(Copyright Tom Getz)


The photo below was also provided by Tom Getz, it was taken in February of 2004 in Cuba.

Picture

(Copyright Tom Getz)

 

Western Spindalis
(spindalis townsendi)

The photo above was taken on Februay 25, 2006 on Grand Bahama Island.
(Copyright Larry Manfredi)

 

Western Spindalis
(spindalis townsendi)

Evergreen Cemetery Ft. Lauderdale, January 30, 2007.
(Copyright Larry Manfredi)

 

 

Western Spindalis
(spindalis townsendi)
The bird below is the greenish backed race from the Bahamas.  I took this photo on Abaco Island in the Bahamas, if you look at the back color you will see that it looks more yellowish/orange with some greenish.

Picture

(Copyright Larry Manfredi)

The photo below shows the black-backed race, the bird below was found in my yard from January 3 to February 29, 1992.  This is the race that most often shows up in Florida, we have had the greenish-backed race from the Bahamas and what could be the first record of the green-backed race from Cuba (photos above).
 

Western Spindalis
(spindalis zena)

Picture

(Copyright Larry Manfredi)

The photo below shows another black-backed bird found by Michael O’Brien.  This bird was found on January 23, of 2004 at Windley Key in the Florida Keys.


Western Spindalis
(spindalis zena)

Picture

(Copyright John Boyd III)


The photos below shows another black-backed race bird, this photo was taken in Florida at Bill Baggs State Park.  This bird was found by Gary Rosenberg about November of 2001


Western Spindalis
(spindalis zena)

Picture

(Copyright Larry Manfredi)


Western Spindalis
(spindalis zena)

Picture

(Copyright Larry Manfredi)

The green-backed bird photographed by Jeff Bouton and Brennan Mulrooney in Key West Florida, may represent the first documented Cuban race!!  We can’t rule out the race (spindalis salvini) from the Cayman Islands, the Cayman Islands are much farther away than Cuba.  I think Cuba only 90-miles from Key West, is the most likely race to show up.  For a more in-depth look into all of the races and species click HERE!!

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