Green Honeycreeper

The Green Honeycreeper (Chlorophanes spiza), is a small bird in the tanager family. It is found in the tropical New World from southern Mexico south to Brazil and on Trinidad. It is monotypic, being the only member of the genus Chlorophanes.

The Green Honeycreeper is 5.5 inches long and weighs 0.60 ounces. and has a long downward curved bill. The male is mainly blue-tinged green with a black head and a mostly bright yellow bill. Females and young are plumaged grass green, paler on the throat, and lack the black head. The call is a sharp chip.

The female Green Honeycreeper builds a small cup nest in a tree, and incubates the clutch of two brown-blotched white eggs for 13 days. The Green Honeycreeper is less heavily dependent on nectar than the other honeycreepers, fruit being its main food. Nectar and insects are less important components of its diet.

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