One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small songbird with a curved bill, typically with a white stripe over the eye, a sooty gray back, and yellow underparts. It is common in the West Indies and Central and South America.
Coereba flaveola, the only member of the family Coerebidae (sometimes placed in the subfamily Parulinae, family Emberizidae)
- ‘Around me was the tiny hoot of ground doves and the twittering of bananaquits.’
- ‘Roasted-on-site coffees in hand, guests gather at 6 a.m. on the veranda to watch the sun rise over the Arima Valley and ogle the yellow bananaquits and ruby-topaz hummingbirds.’
- ‘Endemic subspecies include Caribbean elaenia, bananaquit, loggerhead kingbird, thick-billed vireo, and vitelline warbler (confined to the Cayman and Swan Islands).’
- ‘They include the bananaquit, the blue-black grassquit, the blackfaced grassquit, and the St. Lucia black finch.’
- ‘This substitution has recently been implicated in plumage variation in a wild population of bananaquits.’
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