Just like the Red-legged Honeycreeper, which I soon learnt to love too much, the Shining Honeycreeper is a gorgeous species. It seems that all birds bearing the Honeycreeper name are incredibly colorful, with the Green Honeycreeper sharing an space with these beauties. In all three species, dymorphism marks great differences between genders, with the males having the most conspicuous colors for attracting females. The female has a green back, light blue chest with streaking and yellowish legs, although not as bright as the male’s. The female seems to be fluffier than the male, which is more streamlined than the corresponding male of the Red-legged species. They can get quite aggressive against Red-legged Honeycreepers when they coincide at the same site.