Coereba flaveola
The Bananaquit (Coereba flaveola) is a common resident of most of the Caribbean area and has even strayed to south Florida on occasion. The species varies in appearance from one area to another with individuals showing both a pale and a dark throat depending upon the area. Completely black colored Bananaquits occur on the islands of Grenada and St. Vincent. Visitors to some areas of the Caribbean may encounter these birds in large numbers hanging around outdoor restaurants where they may land at your table to seek a snack. The species can be quite tame and very easy to see. The shots shown here were taken on the island of Saba in the Lesser Antilles in July, 2001, with a Canon EOS 3 and EF 500 mm F4/L IS lens on Fuji Velvia.