The Jamaican Euphonias (Euphonia jamaica) occur naturally on the Caribbean islands of Cayman and Jamaica – hence their common name.
They inhabit subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and heavily degraded former forests.
Alternate (Global) Names
Chinese: ????? … Danish: Jamaicaeuphonia … Dutch: Jamaicaanse Organist … German: Gimpelorganist, Gimpel-Organist … Finnish: Jamaikanmarjukka … French: Euphone de la Jamaïque, Organiste de Jamaïque, Organiste de la Jamaïque … Italian: Eufonia della Giamaica … Japanese: jamaikasumirefuukinchou … Norwegian: Jamaicaeufonia … Polish: organka jamajska … Russian: ???????? ??????? … Slovak: organista jamajský … Spanish: Eufonia Jamaicana, Fruterito Jamaiquino … Swedish: Jamaikaeufonia
Diet / Feeding
Their diet consists of a variety of tree-borne fruits. In particular, they are known to feed on mistletoe berries. Their gut is specially adapted for mistletoe berries, which are poisonous.
These finches tend to move to places where mistletoe berries are the most abundant. They are most commonly seen in small groups foraging in their favored feeding areas.
Euphonias are known for their almost constant singing. Their best known calls sound like “Pe-we,” “see-see,” and “beem-beem“.