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CEIBA Research, Guyana (Image 11)

June 14, 2010
CEIBA Research, Guyana (Image 11) A female Green Honeycreeper (Chlorophanes spiza) in Guyana, South America. This small bird is in the tanager family and lives in forest canopies in tropical areas from southern Mexico south to Brazil, and on Trinidad. It is the only member of the genus Chlorophanes (Reichenbach, 1853). The female builds a small cup nest in a tree and incubates the clutch of two brown-blotched white eggs for 13 days. These birds are about 14 centimeters long and weight about 17 grams. Their call is a sharp chip sound. The male is mainly blue-tinged green with a black head and a mostly bright yellow bill. Females and immature birds are grass green in color, paler on the throat, and do not have a black head. Both sexes have a long decurved bill. This species of bird mainly eats fruit, followed by nectar and insects. This image was taken as part of research centered at CEIBA Biological Center, Inc. in Guyana, by Dr. Godfrey Bourne of the Department of Biology at the University of Missouri - St. Louis. Dr. Bourne is currently program director of the Behavioral Systems Cluster, Division of Integrative Organismal Biology at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Bourne is personally involved in administrating CEIBA Biological Center Inc., as a nonprofit research, education and conservation field station in Guyana. Research opportunities for postdoctoral associates, graduate and undergraduate students are available in Guyana on a diversity of organisms. This research was supported in part by the National Science Foundation. [One of several related images. See Next Image.] (Date of Image: 2004-2006)