What are Honeycreepers?

Male Honeycreeper Bird

Male Red Legged (Blue) Honeycreeper Bird

The typical honeycreepers are small birds in the tanager family. They are found in the tropical New World from Mexico south to Brazil. They occur in the forest canopy, and, as the name implies, they are specialist nectar feeders with long curved bills. The four Cyanerpes species have colourful legs, long wings and a short tail. The males are typically glossy purple-blue and the females greenish.

As you can see from this photograph they don’t know they are tiny birds, they will challenge anyone they don’t like. Thankfully this little guy decided he liked me 🙂 Many more photos coming soon. Even a photo book!