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Green Honeycreeper
Background information
Taxonomy Birds
Status Least Concern
Range Southern Mexico
Northwestern Peru
Central Bolivia
Southeastern Brazil
Habitat Rainforest
Feathers, fur Black hood (male)
Turquoise Body (male)
Grass green body (female)
Black primary flight feather
Yellow lower mandible
Black tail
Black tarsus

Green Honeycreepers are brightly colored tanagers found in Central America downward to Southeastern Brazil. They are found solitary or in pairs. They often forage in flocks, usually mixed with other tanager species. Green Honeycreepers mainly feed on fruits and sometimes small insects and nectar.

In Rio, A group of Green Honeycreepers were seen dancing to the song Real in Rio and a Green Honeycreeper is seen in the Centro de Conservaçāo Ambiental's treatment room. He flew to Tulio's right arm and perched there, watching him doing his 'Big Mama Bird' feeding. A few of them were also trapped by the smugglers, and another group of Green Honeycreepers were patrons of the Samba Club.

They were not seen in Rio 2, alongside other species of birds as the Cardinal, the Black-mandibled Toucan, the Shining Honeycreeper, and the Glided Barbet.


The green honeycreeper is 13–14 cm (5-5.5 in) long and weighs 14 to 23 grams, averaging about 19 grams. It 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. It 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.

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