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 41 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 28 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 27 weeks ago 40 sec 4.3
PhotosSee all 61 photos
Standing on a log
Locality Sabana Grande, Lara State, Venezuela
Luis R Figueroa 23 June 2013 24 weeks ago 4.3
Locality Itariri, São Paulo State, Brazil
Lindolfo Souto 1 October 2010 42 weeks ago 4.3
A male feeding the chicks in the nest.
Locality Camaçari, Bahia State, Brazil (ssp jacarina)
Pedro Lima 1 year ago 4.3
A female specimen
Locality Humedal de Batuco, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
Luis R Figueroa 9 November 2013 13 weeks ago 4.2
Male perched on a wire.
Locality Pereira, Risaralda Department, Colombia
Daniel Avendaño 16 July 2013 17 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
Only for personal record. Locality Viçosa, Minas Gerais State, Brazil
Noé Eiterer 10 December 2011 41 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