Distribution and Early Breeding of Green-faced Parrot Finches (Erythrura viridifacies)

April 18, 2016

Tristan Davis, Don Geoff Tabaranza, J Kahlil Bohol Panopio, Carl H Oliveros. 2016.

The Green-faced Parrot Finch Erythrura viridifacies is a poorly known member of the Family Estrildidae endemic to the Philippines. Of the 10 to 13 currently recognized parrot finches (Erythrura), two other species occur within the Philippines: the widely-distributed Tawny-breasted Parrot Finch Erythrura hyperythra and the Mindanao endemic Red-eared Parrot Finch Erythrura coloria

In 2013, the authors encountered the Green-faced Parrot Finch independently during three separate inventories on the island of Mindoro, which is geographically located between the other islands where the species had already been recorded. These sight and specimen records represent the first report of the species for Mindoro. Specimens obtained strongly suggest that the species breeds prior to attaining full definitive plumage.

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