Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Antillean Euphonia (Euphonia musica) - HBW 16, p. 282

French: Organiste louis-d’or German: Antillenorganist Spanish: Eufonia Antillana
Other common names: Blue-crowned Euphonia

Taxonomy: Pipra musica J. F. Gmelin, 1789, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Recent molecular-genetic analysis indicates that genus belongs in family Fringillidae. Present species forms a monophyletic species group with E. elegantissima and E. cyanocephala, and all formerly considered conspecific; widely separated geographically, the three do not differ greatly in voice or behaviour, although males differ somewhat in plumage, females less so. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • musica (J. F. Gmelin, 1789) - Hispaniola and Gonâve I.
  • sclateri (P. L. Sclater, 1854) - Puerto Rico.
  • flavifrons (Sparrman, 1789) - Lesser Antilles on Barbuda, Antigua, Guadeloupe, La Désirade, Dominica, Martinique, St Lucia, St Vincent, and Grenada.