The Scrub Euphonias (Euphonia affinis) are found in Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry or moist lowland forests, as well as heavily degraded former forest.
They resemble the Yellow-throated Euphonias, which can, however, be identified by their yellow throats (compared to the Scrub Euphonias’ black throats).
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“.
Species Research by Sibylle Johnson
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