Blue-black Grassquit (Volatinia jacarina) - HBW 16, p. 644
French: Jacarini noir
Spanish: Semillero Volatinero
Other common names: Blue-black Seedeater
Taxonomy: Tanagra jacarina Linnaeus, 1766, north-eastern Brazil.
Genus sometimes subsumed in Geospiza, but the two appear entirely unrelated. Recent molecular-genetic data indicate that present genus belongs in the tanager family (Thraupidae) and is basal to a clade that includes Lanio, Tachyphonus and Ramphocelus, among others. Proposed race atronitens (described from Campeche, in SE Mexico) is synonymized with splendens. Three subspecies generally recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- splendens (Vieillot, 1817) - Mexico (S from S Sonora, Sinaloa, Durango, S Tamaulipas and E San Luis Potosí) and Belize S through most of Central America to Colombia, Venezuela, the Guianas and the Amazon Basin; also Trinidad, Tobago and Grenada.
- peruviensis (Peale, 1848) - W Ecuador, W Peru and NW Chile.
- jacarina (Linnaeus, 1766) - S & E Brazil (S from Mato Grosso and Maranhão) S to SE Peru, E Bolivia, Paraguay and N Argentina (S to Mendoza, Córdoba and N Buenos Aires).
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 40 videos
A male displaying Locality Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul State, Brazil (ssp jacarina)
Josep del Hoyo 8 January 2005 6 years ago 27 sec 4.8
A male going up on a bush and displaying from the top Locality Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul State, Brazil (ssp jacarina)
Josep del Hoyo 8 January 2005 6 years ago 31 sec 4.7
A male perched and displaying on a thin branch Locality Unare Lagoon, Anzoátegui State, Venezuela (ssp splendens)
DAVID ASCANIO 31 August 2003 5 years ago 10 sec 4.6
first a female and later the male Locality Lima City, Peru (ssp peruviensis)
Daniêl Jimenez 10 December 2012 15 weeks ago 53 sec 4.5
A male displaying several times Locality Unare Lagoon, Anzoátegui State, Venezuela (ssp splendens)
DAVID ASCANIO 31 August 2003 5 years ago 26 sec 4.5
A female perched on a branch Locality Vila Rural, Calógeras, Arapoti, Paraná State, Brazil
Edson Rosa 28 July 2013 14 weeks ago 40 sec 4.3
PhotosSee all 56 photos
A male feeding the chicks in the nest.
Locality Camaçari, Bahia State, Brazil (ssp jacarina)
Pedro Lima 1 year ago 4.4
Standing on a log
Locality Sabana Grande, Lara State, Venezuela
Luis R Figueroa 23 June 2013 11 weeks ago 4.3
Locality Itariri, São Paulo State, Brazil
Lindolfo Souto 1 October 2010 29 weeks ago 4.3
Male perched on a wire.
Locality Pereira, Risaralda Department, Colombia
Daniel Avendaño 16 July 2013 4 weeks ago 4.2
Photographed on levee at marsh reserve
Locality Laguna de Sonso Natural Reserve, Buga, Valle del Cauca Department, Colombia (ssp splendens)
Peter Franze 18 August 2010 2 years ago 4.1
A female specimen
Locality Humedal de Batuco, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
Luis R Figueroa 9 November 2013 2 hours ago ADDED TODAY! 4
Only for personal record. Locality Viçosa, Minas Gerais State, Brazil
Noé Eiterer 10 December 2011 28 weeks ago 4
A male singing on the top of a shrub giving short flights and returnes to its perch (one sound for each flight) Locality San Miguel District, Lima City, Peru
rodolfinchi10 17 May 2009 3 years ago 4
Display calls Locality Emas National Park, Goiás State, Brazil
Bradley Davis 4 March 2008 4 years ago 4