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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 the only member of the genus Chlorophanes.

It is 14 cm long, weighs 17 g, and has a long decurved bill. The male is mainly blue-tinged green with a black head and a mostly bright yellow bill. The female Green Honeycreeper is grass-green, paler on the throat, and lacks the male's iridescence and black head. Immatures are plumaged similar to females. The call is a sharp chip.

This is a forest canopy species. 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 (60%), with nectar (20%) and insects (15%) as less important components of its diet.


Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern

External links

Green Honeycreeper videos on the Internet Bird Collection

Stamps with RangeMap

Green Honeycreeper photo gallery VIREO

Photo-High Res; Article tsgcs.co.uk

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