Species profiled in this post include:
- Adelaide's Warbler
- Elfin-woods Warbler
- Puerto Rican Vireo
- Puerto Rican Tanager
- Puerto Rican Tody
- Red-legged thrush
- Puerto Rican Bullfinch
A medium sized songbird, the Red-legged is a striking thrush plumed in clean shades of grey. The throat is white and heavily streaked. The bill, eye-ring and legs are bright red.
Next is our most recently discovered warbler -- the endemic Elfin-woods Warbler.
Discovered accidentally by scientists studying the endemic avifauna of Puerto Rico, this Vulnerable-classified species is uncommonly found on the island.
This spectacular warbler is said to "slither" up and down tree branches in fast-paced movements, making it impossible to photograph. Lacking the Yellow that is the commonest warbler color, the Elfin-woods is plumed in a subdued charcoal-and-white combination. It can be carefully discerned from the Black-and-White (see below) by its two white eye-crescents, lack of white striping on the head, and lack of white supercilium.
The next warbler is also an endemic -- Adelaide's Warbler and, awash in yellow, it looks like a typical warbler.
Found in lowland, drier habitat than the Elfin-woods, the Adelaide's is classified as Least Concern.
Visually, it is similar to another warbler named after a woman: Grace's Warbler. Unlike the confusion that may result in seeing both the Elfin-woods and the Black-and-White (when over-wintering) co-located in the woods of Puerto Rico, Grace's Warbler is not found anywhere even remotely close to Puerto Rico -- Grace's is found in the Southwestern US.
As can been seen from the above, while there are several similarities between Adelaide's and Graces, closer inspection will reveal sufficient differences as well: leg color, undersides, etc.
.. Puerto Rican Bullfinch:
... and Puerto Rican Vireo:
In ending, no bird evokes the Caribbean tropics better than the Tody: