Shining Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes lucidus)

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 atracting females.

Shining Honeycreeper, Male - Cyanerpes lucidus - Mielero Luciente, Picudo Patiamarillo, Macho (1)

The Male Shining Honeycreeper has incredibly rich colors, just like the Red-legged. I love them both

Shining Honeycreeper, Male - Cyanerpes lucidus - Mielero Luciente, Picudo Patiamarillo, Macho (2)

It is incredible to see such a small bird hanging around the feeders. I am privileged to witness so much beauty

Shining Honeycreeper, Male - Cyanerpes lucidus - Mielero Luciente, Picudo Patiamarillo, Macho (3)

Here he is showing off those bright yellow legs and the contrasty body in black and blue

Shining Honeycreeper, Male - Cyanerpes lucidus - Mielero Luciente, Picudo Patiamarillo, Macho (5)

Both male and female looking in the same direction. Note the dark blue streaking on the female’s chest

Shining Honeycreeper, Male - Cyanerpes lucidus - Mielero Luciente, Picudo Patiamarillo, Macho (6)

And now the same pair, looking towards the other direction

Shining Honeycreeper, Female - Cyanerpes lucidus - Mielero Luciente, Picudo Patiamarillo, Hembra (4)

The female has a green back, light blue chest with streaking and yellowish legs, although not as bright as the male’s

Shining Honeycreeper, Female - Cyanerpes lucidus - Mielero Luciente, Picudo Patiamarillo, Hembra (5)

She looks gorgeous perched on this small branch. But they can’t get quite aggressive against Red-legged Honeycreepers when they coincide at the same site

Shining Honeycreeper, Female - Cyanerpes lucidus - Mielero Luciente, Picudo Patiamarillo, Hembra (6)

The female seems to be fluffier than the male, which is more streamlined than the corresponding male of the Red-legged species

 

2 thoughts on “Shining Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes lucidus)

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