RE: [SWFLBirdline] ID assistance needed for unfamiliar tropical bird
Your mystery bird is a newer introduction so not covered in most guides. A small finch/seedeater relative native to India, the Tricolored Munia (Lonchura malacca)
Port Charlotte, FL
I recently returned from a vacation in Cozumel. It was not a birding trip, but you birders know that EVERY trip is a birding trip... you know what I mean. Anyway, being from NJ I have extremely limited knowledge of tropical birds, but you SWFL birders may know this immediately, so I request your expert assistance.
At the foot of the lighthouse in Faro Celerain Eco Park was a hedgerow that hosted about 5 of the birds shown in this photo. My attempts to ID this through my not-great Caribbean field guides have failed. Can anyone assist? It sported a striking rust-colored back, a black head and throat, a bluish or white finch-like bill, and a striking black and white belly. This is a very busy tourist area, and the birds seemed not to mind all the human activity. Size was comparable to a large sparrow or finch, smaller than a robin.
Thanks in advance,
Atlantic Highlands, NJ (but SWFL at heart)
denat01 at verizon.net