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  • Writer's pictureJeffrey Patrick Karnes

The incredible female Red-legged Honeycreeper

The Red-legged Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes cyaneus) is a small songbird species in the tanager family (Thraupidae).





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 it was possibly introduced.




This is the female Red-legged Honeycreeper .


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. The Red-legged Honeycreeper is often found in small groups Description: 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.


Where you can find them!


The Red-legged Honeycreeper is a small, rare bird from the tanager family, typically found in various regions of Central and South America. These include southern Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and most parts of Brazil, and also in Cuba, and on the island of Trinidad and Tobago. There is a slight difference when it comes to the Trinidad and Tobago Honeycreepers however, as they are slightly larger than the birds on the mainland.


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