Blue Black Grassquit
Playas de Cedeño, Choluteca. Junio 2008
Volatinia jacarinaThe Blue-black Grassquit is distributed in Central America and in South America south to northern Argentina. It is found in a wide variety of open grassland type habitats especially agricultural land and in gardens, etc.
The breeding male is a glossy blue-black and has white underwings. The non-breeding male has white borders to its black feathers, while sub-adult males are a mottled black and brown. The female is dull brown above, paler below and with dark streaks on the breast and flanks
During the breeding season males can be seen calling from a perch then suddenly jumping straight up in the air and back down again while showing off its white underwings. It can jump about 10 times per minute.