Shining Honeycreeper Cyanerpes lucidus
Shining Honeycreeper, Pico Bonito, Honduras, March 2015 - click for larger image Pico Bonito, Honduras
March 2015

The Shining Honeycreeper is distributed in Central America from southern Mexico to Panama and adjacent parts of Colombia. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. It is found in the canopy of rainforest and in forest borders and clearings where it feeds on fruits, seeds and insects.

The male is bright purple-blue with yellow legs and black on the throat, face mask, wings and tail. The female is green above and paler green below with bluish streaks. This bird is an immature male in the process of moulting from its female-like plumage into adult male plumage so it is probably just under one year in age.
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