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Purple Honeycreepers

Purple Honeycreepers
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Copyright: Marc Couse (kodiak1) Silver Star Critiquer [C: 23 W: 0 N: 7] (97)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-03
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-16 19:35
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Taken at the Asa Wright Center. The birds are Purple Honeycreepers.

The continental origin and proximity of Trinidad to South America, along with its varied habitats, has resulted in an extremely diverse biota. Species lists for this island are impressive, including 97 native mammals, 400 birds, 55 reptiles, 25 amphibians, and 617 butterflies, as well as over 2,200 species of flowering plants! No other area in the West Indies, and few areas of comparable size in tropical America, can match this spectacular species diversity. Trinidad is 50 miles long by about 37 miles wide, and dominated by the Northern Range, which rises to about 3,000 feet and was historically covered by tropical rainforest. Here, in this lush part of this beautiful island, you will find the magical Asa Wright Nature Centre. (taken from the Center's website)

The center is also one of the listings in the book "1000 Places to See Before You Die".

Purple Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes caeruleus)

The Purple Honeycreeper is distributed throughout most of the Amazon and Orinoco Basins as well as the Guianas, Trinidad and the Pacific coast of Colombia and Ecuador. They are found in the canopy and borders of humid forest and in clearings.

It has a long, slender, decurved black bill. The male is purplish blue with bright yellow legs. The lores, throat, wings and tail are black. The female is very different being mostly green above with buff round the eyes, a yellow throat with pale blue malar and pale yellow stripes on green underparts.
They are often in large groups and/or mixed tanager flocks. They have a wide diet including insects and nectar as well as fruit.

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these hummers are great, what fantastic colors, the setting I understand but some info on the birds would add so much,
the iamge of the birds themselves is nice and clear so great job on that,
welcome to TN,

This is a pair of exceedingly beautiful blue and black birds, Marc. I wish you had given us some info about them through a detailed note.
Anyway, the picture is very good.
Welcome to TN.

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