Shining Honeycreeper

The Shining Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes lucidus), is a small bird of the tanager family. It is found in Central America from southern Mexico to Panama and northwest Colombia. Its habitat is forest canopy or forest edges with secondary growth.

The adult is barely 4 inches long and weighs a mere 0.4 ounces. It has a long downward curved bill. The male is purple/blue with black wings, tail and throat, and bright yellow legs. The female has green upperparts, a greenish-blue head, buff throat and buff-streaked bluish underparts. Young are similar to the female, but greener on the head and breast. It is easily distinguished from the larger Red-legged Honeycreeper with which it shares its range. This species is similar to the Purple Honeycreeper.

The Shining Honeycreeper is usually found in pairs or family groups. It feeds on nectar, berries and insects, mainly in the canopy. It responds readily to the call of the Ferruginous Pygmy Owl. The call of the Shining Honeycreeper is a thin high-pitched seee, and the male’s song is a pit pit pit pit pit pit-pit which can be repeated for minutes at a time. The female builds a shallow cup nest in a tree, and incubates the clutch of two eggs.

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