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Red-legged Honeycreeper

Red-legged Honeycreeper
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Copyright: Luis Vargas (Chiza) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-06
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-10 19:28
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Red-legged Honeycreeper
From Wikipedia
Cyanerpes cyaneus

Adult male in breeding plumage

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Passeriformes

Family: Thraupidae

Genus: Cyanerpes

Species: C. cyaneus

Binomial name
Cyanerpes cyaneus
(Linnaeus, 1766)
The Red-legged Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes cyaneus) is a small bird in the tanager family. It is found in the tropical New World from southern Mexico south to Peru, Bolivia and central Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, and on Cuba, where possibly introduced.

The Red-legged Honeycreeper is 12.2cm long, weighs 14g and has a medium-long black, slightly decurved, bill. The male is violet-blue with black wings, tail and back, and bright red legs. The crown of its head is turquoise, and the underwing, visible only in flight, is lemon yellow. After the breeding season, the male moults into an eclipse plumage, mainly greenish with black wings.

Females and immatures are mainly green, with paler, faintly streaked underparts. The legs are red-brown in the female, and brown in young birds.

The Tobago subspecies C. c. tobagensis is slightly larger than the mainland forms. The call of Red-legged Honeycreeper is a thin, high-pitched tsip.

This is a species of forest edge, open woodland, and cocoa and citrus plantations. The Red-legged Honeycreeper is often found in small groups. It feeds on insects and some fruit[1] and nectar. It responds readily to the (easily imitated) call of the Ferruginous Pygmy Owl.

The female Red-legged Honeycreeper builds a small cup nest in a tree, and incubates the clutch of two brown-blotched white eggs for 12-13 days, with a further 14 days to fledging.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To nagraj: Hola NagarajChiza 1 12-11 17:51
To AnimalExplorer: Hola PaulChiza 1 12-11 17:49
To Mello: Hola FranciscoChiza 1 12-11 17:48
To manyee: Hola ManyeeChiza 1 12-11 17:47
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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2009-12-10 19:53]
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Very nice pose and POV of this beauty bird Luis.
Fantastic natural and strong colours with a blurry BG.
Thanks for sharing and see you on TN.
Kind regards,

Hi Luis,
This is interesting. I just posted a red-legged honeycreeper, and I thought the males are bright blue.
Could this one be a female?

Hello Luis,
An amazing capture and exciting to view. The frame is filled nicely and the lighting is fantastic showing nice clarity throughout the entire image.
Paul :)

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-12-10 23:55]
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Fine capture of this lovely bird, perched on a fruit. lovely colors too. tfs.

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